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