Story: East Coast places



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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Monty Soutar, 'East Coast places - Whāngārā to Kaiti', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 July 2022)

Story by Monty Soutar, updated 1 Mar 2015