Kōrero: Shipwrecks

Arahura River

Arahura River

The Arahura River on the West Coast was a major source of pounamu (greenstone) for Māori. Māori tradition says that the Pounamu were originally a people from Hawaiki who escaped their enemies in a canoe, the Tairea. But when the canoe was wrecked, the Pounamu were turned into the greenstone boulders that can still be found in this river.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Gerard Hutching, 'Shipwrecks - Māori shipwreck stories', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/7279/arahura-river (accessed 15 December 2019)

He kōrero nā Gerard Hutching, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006