This book cover is illustrated by the author, Mere Whaanga, who retells the story of the seven whales. Ngāi Tahu Matawhāiti, a sub-tribe of Ngāti Kahungunu, believe that the seven hills still clearly visible near Whakakī Lagoon, east of Wairoa, were once seven whales. Representations of the whales are incorporated in the barge boards (maihi) of the hapū’s meeting house, Te Poho o Tahu, at Iwitea marae.
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