Kōrero: Ngā iwi o Te Tau Ihu

Te Taero-a-Kereopa (Boulder Bank)

Te Taero-a-Kereopa (Boulder Bank)

Ko Te Taero-a-Kereopa tētahi o ngā wāhi i pā ai a Kupe.

Ko te moutere o Chetwode i Te Moana o Raukawa te wāhi hopu ai a Kupe i te ika me te manu hei kai mō tana hokinga ki Hawaiki. I mua i tō rātou wehenga, ka makere mai a Pani rāua ko Kereopa, ētahi o ngā kauhoe, ka noho me te tangata whenua. Ka tāraia e te tokorua nei ētahi kōpapa, ka wehe atu i te moutere o Chetwode ka ahu ki te moutere o Rangitoto (D’Urville) ki te uru. Ka kāhakina e ngā nanakia nei te tamāhine a Kupe.

Ka whāia rāua e Kupe; nō te whakatatanga atu o Matahourua ki te waka o ngā nanakia rā, ka porowhiua e rāua te kōtiro a Kupe ki te moana ki Te Aumiti (French Pass). Nā tana tahuri ki te whakaora i tana tamāhine, ka takamuri a Kupe. Nō te huringa anōtanga o Matahourua, kua rere kē a Pani rāua ko Kereopa ki Waimea (Tasman Bay). I te whakatatanga atu o te waka o Kupe, ka wehe a Pani rāua ko Kereopa. I hoki a Pani ki te moutere o Rangitoto.

Ka whai tonu a Kupe i a Kereopa, e piri ana tērā ki te takutai moana. I te hipanga i a Wakapuaka, ka takina e Kereopa ana karakia, e ngarue ai ngā kōhatu o te pari o Mackay. Kīhai i āhei ngā toa a Kupe ki te huri i te pari e kīia ana ko Te Taero-a-Kereopa. Tae rā anō te pari kōhatu nei ki ngā kirikiri ki Tāhunanui. Nā te takoto o ngā kōhatu ka puea ake te whanga o Whakatū (Nelson Haven). Ka tae a Kereopa ki uta, ka rere ki te tonga.

Kātahi ka whakatika a Kupe ki te hopu i a Pani, e huri ana tērā i te pito raki o Rangitoto. I a ia ka whakawhiti atu i Rangitoto ki Takapourewa (Stephens Island), ka tahuri tōna waka i ngā au kōriporipo e karangahia ai i ēnei rā, ko Hell’s Gate. Kei reira tonu te waka, kua whakatoka hei ākau, ā, kua whakanōhia ngā tamāhine a Pani hei toka tautiaki kei taua wāhi. Kei te utu tonu a Pani i tōna hara – kei Te Ana a Pani tōna wairua e mau ana, ka rongohia tonuhia tana tangi i te karawhiu o te āwhā.

Kei ngā iwi o Ngāti Kuia me Ngāi Tahu ngā uri o Kereopa. He iwi matatau a Ngāti Kuia ki te taki karakia. Ka wehi a Te Rauparaha mō Houa tohunga o Ngāti Kuia. Nā Te Rauparaha ia i tiki hei tohunga karakia i mua i te whakaekenga o Kaiapoi, te pā o Ngāi Tahu i te tau 1831.

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Photograph by Jock Phillips

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Hilary Mitchell and John Mitchell, 'Ngā iwi o Te Tau Ihu - Te hekenga i Hawaiki', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/543/te-taero-a-kereopa-boulder-bank (accessed 6 December 2019)

He kōrero nā Hilary Mitchell and John Mitchell, i tāngia i te 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017