History book 04 Te Tapere Nui o Whatonga

In: History, Rangitāne Publications, Resources

Source: Produced by Rangitāne o Wairarapa with the help of Te Puni Kokiri.


Written by: This book is one in a series of four written about the histories and whakapapa of Rangitāne people who have lived in the Wairarapa. The series includes [1] Origins, [2] Tupuna, [3] Ngāti Hāmua and [4] Te Tapere Nui o Whatonga.

Rangitāne people have lived continuously in the Wairarapa region for 28 generations or some 7-800 years.

Captain of the ancestral Kurahaupo waka – Whatonga discovered and named the great forest Te Tapere Nui o Whatonga 26 generations ago. His descendents the people of Tara-ika (Ngai Tara) and Rangitāne (Rangitāne) have maintained their relationship with the land from the earliest times through to the present.

This book covers aspects of the history of Te Tapere Nui o Whatonga particularly the area between Opaki/Kopuaranga (north of Masterton) and Pahiatua.

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