Wairere atatue in the mouth of the Whakatane river


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Following our two week stay in New Zealand there were various photos that did not fit into any particular category. So I have included here a general page of images.

The bronze statue on top of Turuturu Rock is situated at the mouth of the Whakatane River. It commemorates the bravery of Wairaka, the daughter of Toroa, captain-navigator of the Mataatua waka (canoe).

When the Mataatua waka arrived at Whakatane after voyaging from the Ngati Awa’s ancestral homeland of Hawaiki 600 years ago, the men left the women in the canoe while they went ashore. When the canoe started to drift back to sea, Wairaka (defying the tapu that forbade women to handle a canoe) seized the paddle and brought the waka back to shore crying, ‘Kia Whakatane au i ahau’ – I will act the part of a man.' This is said to be the origin of the town's name.

Te Wairere Falls was not only a sacred landmark to all of Mataatua, bul was also a vital source of freshwater for the Ngati Awa people living at Te Whare o Toroa Pa.

The original anchor stone of the Mataatua waka, Te Toka a Taiao, was sited where Te Wairere Stream meets the Whakatane River (Ohinemataroa).

The falls are also associated with early industry. A flax mill was constructed in 1870, replaced by a flourmill in 1879, and later reconverted to a flax mill. The mill closed in 1909 and, shortly afterwards, burnt down.

The stream continued to supply water to the Whakatane township until 1924.

Reference: WHAKATANE & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC. (http://www.whakatanehistorical.org.nz/)

Wairere Falls, Whakatane
Canoeists at Pilot Bay Mt Maunganui
Swimmers at a pontoon moore offshore at the Tauranga waterfront
Sulphur Point Tauranga from Mt Maunganui
Harbour Bridge - Tauranga
Matapihi Railway Brige - Tauranga
Container ship the 'Indian Cheif' leaving the Port of Tauranga

Motuotau Island off Ocean Beach, Mt Maunganui
A Waitomo Stalactite and measuring instruments
A chimney at Waitomo Caves
Skyline cable cars at Rotorua
Skyline Cable Seats at Rotorua
Lion Rock reflections at Piha
View of Piha and Lion Rock
Holiday homes at Piha
Hopetoun Overbridge, Auckland
Mt Eden, Auckland
Yea, thou I walk thru the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil