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te rau o riwa
Kiaora Te Rau o Riwa,
First he patai taku in all humility, where did you obtain this name? to ingoa? he tupuna pea?
The sister of a tupuna of mine was named Te Rau o Riwa, she was of Ngaati Tahu a iwi around the Reporoa, Kaingaroa area, close to Tuuhoe lands. With that a friend of mine from Tuuhoe has another female tupuna named that too. I dont no wat it means i must ask her as im sure she will know. But i think it comes from Tuuhoe
There is a church marae called te rau oriwa in christchurch that is attached to Te Hepara Pai church, while the name could be a tupuna name in tuhoe from what i know it's roots are in the bible.
You see towards the end of the great flood Noah sent out a dove from the ark to see if the land was dry, the first time he sent out the dove it came back with nothing as the waters were still covering the land, but the second time he sent the dove out he returned with the branch of an olive tree in its beak which told Noah that the waters were subsiding and that there was hope once again for mankind.
Since then the olive branch or "Te Rau Oriwa" in maori has been a symbol for hope for many people world wide, thats also the reason a lot of curches and relegious paintings and stain glass windows depict a dove with a branch in its mouth.
Hope this helped 🙂