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LAKE WAIWIRI AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO TARANAKI
Does anyone know how Lake Waiwiri (AKA Lake Papaitonga)got its name and also the meaning of the Taranaki whakatauki "Taranaki te tama a Mahirua, Te taamure unahi nui, Te harakeke too mai i roto o Waiwiri". We are trying to figure out the relationship between the Lake and the Waiwiri whanau of Taranaki. Any info would be helpful. Kia Ora!!!
Lake Waiwiri is the original name maybe when the the Muaupoko & the Rangitāne were the tangata whenua there before the great migration from Kawhia. Buller named Waiwiri lake Papaitonga.
Ko Korouaputa te tangata. Ko Ngāti Kikopiri te hapū, ko Ohau te awa, Ko Tararua te maunga, Ko Ngāti Raukawa te iwi.