Story: Te Whakatōhea

Tangata whenua pou (2nd of 3)

Tangata whenua pou

The first carving tells the story of Tarawa, who sailed with his brother Tāwharanui from Hawaiki. They brought two pet tānahanaha fish and released them in a small spring close by. The spring became known as Ōpōtiki-mai-tawhiti, ‘two pets from afar’, and the name of Ōpōtiki township recalls the event. The carving also shows the two voyaging canoes, Te Arautauta and Te Tohorā.

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Ranginui Walker, 'Te Whakatōhea - Ancestors', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 April 2024)

Story by Ranginui Walker, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017