Kōrero: Bay of Plenty region

Statue of Wairaka

Statue of Wairaka

This statue at the mouth of the Whakatāne River commemorates the bravery of Wairaka. When the Mataatua canoe arrived from Hawaiki, the ancestral homeland of Māori, the crew left it unmoored. It was in danger of being swept away on the tide, but Wairaka and other women on board saved it.

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Photograph by Shirley Williams

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Malcolm McKinnon, 'Bay of Plenty region - Māori traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/5548/statue-of-wairaka (accessed 30 March 2020)

He kōrero nā Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Aug 2016