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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!!!

Posted : 12 February, 2007 3:14 pm
colleeneaton OWC
New Member

I had a Uncle who was named John Wawiri he had a wife named Matekino Watene they had 3 children there names were David,Rodney,Lauren my uncle and Aunty are buried at The Te Hauke war memorial Urupara I woul like more info on this whanau if possible,ko colleen tenei ka kite.

Posted : 07 April, 2007 3:36 pm
Nani OWC
Eminent Member

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.

Posted : 13 April, 2007 11:17 pm