Story: Bay of Plenty region

Wairaka (1st of 3)


Wairaka is also known as Te Whare o Tōroa (the house of Tōroa, captain of the Mataatua canoe). Located on the foreshore at Whakatāne, the meeting house Mataatua commemorates the canoe and Wairaka, the woman who saved it from being swept away.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Bay of Plenty region - Creative arts and heritage', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 July 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Aug 2016