Oral tradition holds that Māori first reached Manawatū and Horowhenua after journeying south along the coast or through Te Āpiti – the Manawatū Gorge. Why is south at the top of the map? Māori referred to the area around Te Whanganui-a-Tara as Te Ūpoko o Te Ika a Māui – ‘the head of the fish of Māui’ (the North Island).
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