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pono OWC
Eminent Member

I came across the bridge sign named pokaiwhenua not far from the mangakaretu marae, putaruru.
Just wondering, same person tamateapokaiwhenua?

iwipupu was mentioned in our koroua korero

Edited by - pono on May 18 2007 6:20:25 PM

Posted : 18 May, 2007 6:13 pm
Active Member

I know the pokaiwhenua stream bridge you are talking about that heads out to Te waotu from Putaruru.
The stream springs from the Horohoro ranges which is one of the Raukawa boundry points, and is stated in Erenora Taratoa's patetere of Poi atu taku poi, in the verse, " Tapapa ana i te hiwi ki Horohoro, kia matai tonu au ki Tarawera,...
The pokaiwhenua stream flows from the back of Horohoro down to the Te Tokoroa Valley down to Putaruru and exits into the Waikato River near the ancient ancestral waikato river crossing called Aniwaniwa which Mahina-a-rangi crossed to get to the Maungatautari mountain side.
The Pokaiwhenua was a ancestral land divider of the surrounding lands belonging to the sub-tribes of Raukawa.
Funny enough, the marae Rongomaipaapaa is situated at Horohoro.

Maybe that's what it is meant in one of our songs back home " he putanga ariki, no Rongomai e"
All I know our links to Kahungunu and Iwi-pupu come thru our Tauranga inter-marriages and Kahungunu and Rongomaiwahine thru Mahina-a-rangi

Posted : 29 May, 2007 12:24 am