Rahotia

Rahotia

Rahotia

By Dr. Peter Meihana.

Rahotia is a peak located at the head of WHANGANUI and is west of Rahatia and Onapua and north of Whangakoko. Rahotia has an elevation of 174 metres.

If we look towards Te Whanganui from the Wairau Bar we immediately see Rahotia. There are two
oral traditions that account for the naming of this prominent landmark.

One tradition speaks of the marriage between Te Huataki, of Rangitane, and Wharepuka of Ngati Mamoe and Ngai Tara. Te Huataki was one of a number of chiefs who had migrated from Wairarapa and married tangata whenua as a way of bringing an end to hostilities.

According to tradition Huataki and Te Aomairie, Wharepuka’s father, stood at the summit of Rahotia where Huataki declared, wherever my ‘penis (raho) points will be my descendants’.

Another tradition holds that Tukaue, another migrating chief who had himself married three tangata whenua women (Ruamate, Hinepango, Hinerewha), ascended the maunga whereupon he uttered ‘mai te taumata o Rahotia’.

https://www.topomap.co.nz/NZTopoMap/nz41929/Rahotia/

Wānanga 1: Omaka

Wānanga 1: Omaka

Wānanga 1: Omaka

Kia ora tatou e nga morehu – The first of our wananga for 2018 took place last weekend with an overnight stay (or noho) at Omaka Marae.

Commencing on Friday 12 April at 5.30pm about 35 adults and children attended the wānanga. The historical origins of the term Nga Pakiaka Morehu o Te Whenua as a term describing Ahi Kaa were discussed. The importance of the role of Ahi Kaa in modern-day Maori social structures was also discussed particularly entitlements and responsibilities.

Insights were given into the design of and decoration of Omaka Marae as a storehouse of the tribal customs and traditions that relate to the wider rohe.

We are now in the process of organising the next event which we hope to release the details of later this week.