Story: Hōiho – horses and iwi

Te Kooti’s whip

Wiremu McCormack, from the Ngāti Tamatea people of Waiōtahe, outlines how Te Kooti’s whip was planted and grew into a poplar tree.

He says:
Ka haramai a Te Kooti i runga i tana hoiho. Katahi ka poua te wepu o tana hoiho ki te whenua; tipu tonu atu. Kātahi ia ka kī tana kōrero pēnei nā.

A translation is:
Te Kooti came on his horse and drove his whip into the ground. This whip then grew. He then spoke about how he had planted his whip to serve as a memorial to peace which had followed the wars.

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Basil Keane, 'Hōiho – horses and iwi - Horses in Māori culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 October 2021)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 1 Jul 2015