Story: Ngāti Maniapoto
‘Kia mau tonu ki tēnā; kia mau ki te kawau mārō. Whanake ake! Whanake ake!’
‘Stick to that, the straight-flying cormorant!’
These were the instructions of the dying ancestor Maniapoto to his people. Such strength of purpose characterises much of their history, including their early economic success, protecting the King Country, and preserving their culture.