Kāwhia is the place where the ancestral waka (canoe) Tainui landed for the last time – so it is sacred to the Tainui people. The waka was tied to this pōhutukawa tree, known as Tangi-te-korowhiti, and was later buried behind Maketū marae near the present-day township. The tree was still standing in the early 2000s. It is not known when this photograph was taken.
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Photograph by W. Beattie
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