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WAIRAKA: Maori Ancestor  

Ginseng OWC
Active Member

Kiaora koutou katoa,

Two years ago I went back to my father's hometown of Whakatane where he showed me a statue of a maori woman ancestor by the name of Wairaka. My father says he is a descendant of this woman. I would like to find out more about this woman, her whakapapa, any stories of her life e.t.c. Would dearly love to hear from anyone who could shed some light on this woman.

Tena koutou!

Posted : 30 October, 2004 2:51 pm
kakapo OWC
New Member

Tena koe Ginseng,

A couple of things I spied whilst looking for other stuff, not a bad read either. Hope it helps out.



History behind the statue,
[url="Ngaiterangi"] http://www.ngaiterangi.org.nz/page11.html[/url]

A little on the whakapapa,
[url="Ngati Awa"] http://www.ngatiawa.iwi.nz/id_2/history.htm[/url]

Posted : 31 October, 2004 12:40 am
Ginseng OWC
Active Member

I must thank you Kakapo, this info has provided another link that was missing in my life's jigsaw puzzle so to speak =-)not to mention very educational.

Tena koe kakapo

Posted : 05 November, 2004 12:45 pm
loupy OWC
New Member

Kia Ora Ginseng - I lived in Wairaka for many years and still return. Unfortunately, many elders have passed away that could have helped you. Try the Whakatane Museum or Te Runanga o NgatiAwa. Ngati Awa have an archive house in Wairaka with the history. GOOD LUCK! Next time I'm home I'll make some enquiries! Regards - Louise Perrott

Posted : 08 February, 2005 5:06 pm
pearlau OWC
Active Member

Tena Koe

You may of already found this via the info that kakapo has already given you.

Wairaka was the daughter of Chief Toroa -

Whakatane (to act as a man) - This story springs from the 12th Century Great Migration. The women of the Mataaua Canoe, left to themselves when the men went ashore for the first time, found a waka(canoe) drifting out to sea again.

The paddles were tapu to women, but a high spirited teenager, Wairaka, who was the daughter of Chief Toroa, boldly seized one of the paddles and paddled the waka back to shore. As she did this, she shouted, Ka Whakatane au i ahau:, and her actions saved the women but also coined the name of the town.

A bronze statue of Wairaka stands on a rock at the Whakatane Heads to commemorate this act.

Posted : 08 February, 2005 7:43 pm
Ginseng OWC
Active Member

Kia ora Louise

Thank you for your reply and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kia ora Pearlau

Thank you for taking the time to reply much appreciated.

Posted : 01 March, 2005 10:55 pm
Lisa OWC
Active Member

Kia Ora Koe Ginseng,
Can you please tell me your whanau name, as my mum's whanau is also from Whakatane. My relies are Wharewera, Keepa, Kissling whanau.

Posted : 22 July, 2005 4:28 am
Active Member

Kia ora Lisa,
My mum is from Whakatane Paroa they are the Pile whanau not far from Taewhakaea Marae and the keepa whanau have a street named after them and believe there maybe still family members living around that area if you check the local directory on the net you maybe able to find your relies there.

Posted : 28 July, 2005 10:49 pm
hearty nati OWC
Eminent Member

Tena Koutou

Wairaka was indeed the daughter of Toroa who was the captain of the Mataatua waka which landed at Whangara on the east coast. It came around and landed again at Whangaparaoa not far from the east cape before coming to Te Manuka tutahi at Ohiwa harbour. From there it went to Whakatane which is named after the event where she made herself into a man through karakia to save the waka.

Toroa's younger brother took the waka to the far north after being insulted and his daughter Te Hauangiangi married Tauramoko of Ngai Tahuhu who was a descendant of Kupe. Their son was Rahiri from whom Nga Puhi claim descent.

Toroa's son Ruaihonga had Te Tahinga o te rangi who had Awanui a rangi from whom Ngati Awa trace their descent.

Wairaka married Te Rangi ki tua and they had Tamatea huatahi who married Paewhiti and they had Tuhoe potiki from whom Ngai Tuhoe claim descent.

Lastly, Muriwai who was Toroa's sister married Tama marangai and they had Hine i kauia who wedded Tutamure and from them came the iwi Te Whakatohea.

Hope this helps.

Posted : 11 September, 2005 10:02 pm
K.Wright OWC
Active Member

Kia Ora Te Whanau,

Can you please confirm for me if Te Hauangiangi had any other children besides Rahiri.

Posted : 22 June, 2006 3:42 pm
maoriboy7@xtra.co.nz OWC
Active Member

Kia ora ginseng, another good read is the publication by Hirini Mead (1994)"Ngati Awa me ona karangarangatanga - a research report. It speaks of the iwi Ngati Awa and its background inclusive of korero about Wairaka and her wider whanau.

Edited by - maoriboy7@xtra.co.nz on Jul 01 2006 8:07:29 PM

Posted : 01 July, 2006 8:05 pm