Iwi/hapu:

Ko Mauao te Maunga,
Ko Tauranga te Moana,
Ko Mataatua te Waka.
Ko Ngāi Te Rangi te Iwi,
Ko Ngāi Tuwhiwhia,
Ko Ngāti Tauaiti,
Ko Ngāi Tamawhāriua ngā Hapu.

Whakatauki/Pepeha:

Toitū te Moana me te Whenua. Whatungarongaro te tangata. People pass on but the land and sea remains.

Significant Sites:

There are many cultural sites of significance in this waahi which include –

  • Te Ratahi
  • Panepane
  • Tāhuna-a-manu (sand spit)
  • Motu Ngaio (island/spit)
  • Motu Tangaroa (island)
  • Te Uretureture Pa
  • Tahutoru
  • Te Umuhoroi
  • Te Waka Heretaunga o Waikoura
  • Oturoa
  • Oruarahi
  • Te Uripani
  • Ngā Matakerewhana

Matauranga Maori

Taonga species:

  • Tuturiwhatu [*endangered]
  • Katipo [*endangered]
  • Kahitua
  • Pipi
  • Pioke (shark)

Eco systems:

  • Wairepo
  • Waikoura
  • Mahinga mātaitai

Western Science

Local species:

  • New Zealand Dotterel (tuturiwhatu)
  • Latrodectus (Katipo)
  • Paphies australis (Pipi)
  • Paphies subtriangulata (kahitua)

Eco systems:

  • Wetlands (Repo)
  • Mangroves (Manawa)
  • Seafood gathering beds (Mātaitai)
  • Wellbeing of whānau & hapu
  • Dune system
  • Pā and waahi tapū

Environmental Impacts:

The oil & debris were a threat to:

  • Kaimoana
  • Marine life
  • Wild life
  • Sand dunes
  • Archaeological sites

Cultural Impacts:

  • Loss of mana – when the Island was deemed as unimportant beside Mount Maunganui and Pāpāmoa.
  • Cultural insensitivity in relation to tikanga.
  • Impact on wellbeing of whānau & hapu.
  • Pā and waahi tapu.