The event was a unique blend of Māori and Chinese cultures, who have come together over the tragic sinking of the SS Ventnor. The ship went down near Hokianga Harbour in 1902 with the loss of 13 lives and the loss of 499 Chinese remains, which were on a voyage back to their home towns in China, as per the custom there. When local Māori found some of the remains washes ashore, they respectfully buried them and tended to the graves. The memorial at Opononi is the start of a new chapter between these two people.
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