Story: Māori prophetic movements – ngā poropiti

Ngā Tau e Waru

Ngā Tau e Waru

People crowd in the porch of Ngā Tau e Waru, the wharenui built at Te Ore Ore under the direction of the Wairarapa prophet Pāora Pōtangaroa, in 1897. Te Pōtangaroa quarrelled with Te Kere from Whanganui. Te Kere said, 'E kore e taea te whakamutu i te whare i mua atu i ngā tau e waru.' (You will fail to build this house in less than eight years.) The house was completed in three and Te Pōtangaroa named it Ngā Tau e Waru (the eight years) in reference to Te Kere's failed prophecy. When the house was opened Te Pōtangaroa unveiled his vision, which was in the form of a flag he had made.

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Judith Binney, 'Māori prophetic movements – ngā poropiti - Other 19th-century prophets', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Judith Binney, published 5 May 2011