Kōrero: Te whakatere waka

He paikea i Te Moana-o-Raukawa

He paikea i Te Moana-o-Raukawa

I te tōmuatanga o te takurua, ka heke te paikea me ētahi atu tohorā mai i te Tiri o te Moana ki te Tonga ki Te Moananui-a-Kiwa i te raki. I ngā marama o Nōema me Tīhema ka hoki ngā kauika ki te Tiri o te Moana ki te Tonga, ka whakahipa mā ngā takutai o Aotearoa. Tērā pea ka whakapono ngā tīpuna o ngā Māori mā te paikea rātou e ārahi ki te whenua. He mōhio hoki ngā tāngata ka whāngai ngā paikea i ā rātou miha ki ngā wai kei waho ake i ngā moutere. I te mea he pāpaku noa te wai ka āhei te paikea te ruku, me te poto noa o ana ruku, i taea pea te whai i a rātou mō tētahi wā roa. Nā te kitenga me te ngaronga atu o ngā tohorā i ngā kaupeka rite o te tau, ka toko pea te pātai i te Māori, ‘I ahu mai rātou i hea, e haere ana rātou ki hea?’

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Rāwiri Taonui, 'Te whakatere waka - Te rapu whenua', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/2225/he-paikea-i-te-moana-o-raukawa (accessed 22 August 2019)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005