Story: Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration

Pāoa’s journey

Pāoa’s journey

Pāoa left the Horouta canoe at Ōhiwa Harbour because it needed repairs to its haumi (bow-piece). He walked inland and climbed a mountain which had suitable timber to fix the canoe, so he named it Maunga Haumi (bow-piece mountain). Pāoa had hoped to float the wood to the coast, but there were no significant rivers, so he urinated the Waipāoa, Waioeka and Mōtū rivers into being.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration - The East Coast', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2023)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Sep 2007