Whāngārā-mai-i-Tawhiti, which means Whāngārā from afar, is a centre for the Ngāti Porou hapū Ngāti Konohi.
The legendary voyager Paikea reached Whāngārā after journeying from Hawaiki on the back of a whale. The whale became the rock, Whāngārā Island, at middle right in this image, with its distinctive ‘whale’ shape. A whale also features on the gable of the furthermost red-roofed building, the wharenui (meeting house) Whitirēia.
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