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Sherz OWC
New Member

Kia ora koutou my cuzzy is in need of help. Can anyone out there read this and help us with our little dilema. In particulary the Legend.

I need a theme for my tat - something preferably related to Ngati Porou tribe, a legend, a particular design, colour, that symbolies our tribe.

Do you know of the legend behind, the mountain ranges, they are on the
left as you are driving south out of gizzy, the ones that lead into the beaches, before you hit the main ranges out of gizzy. The mountain is shaped in the form of a dog, lying down resting, legend has it that some a Maori warrior, came and went, but left his dog behind to keep watch until he returned.

Do you know of this legend, or where/link specifically I might be able
to find out more about this legends, or those applying to our tribe.

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Edited by - Sherz on May 11 2005 4:47:59 PM

Posted : 11 May, 2005 1:48 pm
Trusted Member

Tena koe

[url="http://www.maori.org.nz/hokohoko/dirSub.asp?catid=10&subid=107"]Here[/url] is a link to a book called Nga korero a Mohi Ruatapu, tohunga rongonui o Ngati Porou which may have what you are looking for.

Nau te raurau,
Naku te raurau,
Ka ora ai nga tangata!
Together we will get there!

Posted : 19 May, 2005 12:54 pm
Alicia OWC
New Member

The Mountains as you are leaving Gizzy are called Te Kuri a Paoa, the tipuna was Paoa.

Edited by - Alicia on May 20 2005 11:46:59 AM

Posted : 20 May, 2005 11:45 am
Sherz OWC
New Member

Kia Ora Alicia.

Nga mihi nunui mo to awhina me tenei kaupapa.

I was beginning to wonder. Both you and Poutokomanawa have been most helpful in my quest to find out.

It should be very interesting to now watch how my cuzzies tattoo will unfold.

Once again Cheers from Sherz! and much appreciated.

Posted : 20 May, 2005 3:28 pm
Lana1 OWC
New Member

Kia ora, I'm not totally sure, but I don't think Te Kuri a Paoa is a part of Ngati Porou. The area you are referring to (south of Gisborne) belongs to the iwi of Rongowhakaata or Ngati Tamanuhiri. I'm not exactly sure which one though sorry.

Posted : 30 September, 2005 1:16 am
Eminent Member

Kia ora, I kinda have to agree with Lana1, I believe Ngati Porou boundary stretches from Potaka all the way across to the Gizzy brigde, thats what weve been taught growing up. The iwi ana hapu further south of there are also Rongomaiwahine and Ngati Kahungunu.

peaceful regard

Posted : 09 October, 2005 3:20 am
hearty nati OWC
Eminent Member

Ehara ra! Lana1 is correct, Te Kuri a Paoa lies in the rohe of Ngai Ta-Manuhiri. The area of Ngati Porou is from Potikirua near East Cape to Te Toka a Taiau which used to be at the mouth of the Turanga river but is lost now.

Rongowhakaata rohe is to the north and west of this and at the mouth of the Waipaoa awa to its source in the Raukumara mountains is the rohe of Te Aitanga a Mahaki.

Ngai Ta-Manuhiri rohe starts at Te Kuri a Paoa and extends down the coast to Paritu near Mahia from which it becomes the rohe of Rongomaiwahine.

Posted : 13 October, 2005 12:07 am