KOINEI NGĀ ARA A NGĀ TŪPUNA. THESE ARE THE TRAILS OF OUR ANCESTORS
As mentioned in the pānui, our rangatahi recently strengthened their connection to different wāhi tapu in the Marlborough Sounds. Here are some of the special places they visited during their journey.
Anamāhanga was one of the first places in Te Tau Ihu occupied by Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō tūpuna, and our whānau continue to have a connection to this whenua.
There are a number of pā sites, maahinga Kai, kainga urupā and other wahi tapu that are of importance to Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō.
According to Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō tradition Anamāhanga, (The Twin Bays) was one of the tentacles of the Wheke Mutarangi, the great octopus killed by Kupe.
When the rangatahi entered into the bay they were greeted by two Kereru.
Te Ope-a-Kupe (The Footprints of Kupe and his party) is a kohatu named after Kupe and his people who landed here. Indentations on rocks were formed by their footprints. Te Ope a Kupe is a taunga waka or landing place for waka.
When the rangatahi saw this kohatu, a shag flew down onto the rock and opened its wings greeting them.
To commemorate this tohu a taiaha move was composed called te hakikau o te kawau.