Story: Waikato region



Kahupeka was a Tainui woman who travelled around the Waikato region after the death of her husband. She named many landscape features, including Pirongia and Te Aroha mountains. This image by Cliff Whiting shows her naming the land.

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New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa
Reference: He korero purakau mo nga taunahanahatanga a nga tupuna: place names of the ancestors, a Maori oral history atlas. Wellington: New Zealand Geographic Board, 1990.
Mixed media by Cliff Whiting

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato region - Māori settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, updated 1 Jul 2015