Iwi/hapu:

Ngāi Te Rangi,
Ngā Potiki,
Waitaha.
“Ko nga Pāpaka ō Rangataua, He paruparu te kai, He taniwha nga tangata”
The people are likened to the crab of Rangataua, their food is shellfish, they have the bravery of taniwha.

Whakatauki/Pepeha:

“He moana pukepuke, e ekengia e te waka”.
Mountainous seas can be negotiated by canoe.

Significant Sites:

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

  • Karikari
  • Hikutawatawa
  • Rangataua
  • Wairākei
  • Ōtāiti
  • Te Moana nui ā Kiwa
  • Mangatawa
  • Kopukairoa
  • Hikurangi
  • Te waiū o Te Tohorā
  • Mahinga mātaitai

Matauranga Maori

Taonga species:

  • Tohorā
  • Kahitua
  • Kahawai
  • Tāmure

Eco systems:

  • Mahinga mātaitai
  • Te Moananui ā Toi
  • Takutaimoana

Western Science

Local species:

  • Paphies subtriangulata (kahitua)
  • Arripis trutta (kahawai)
  • Chrysophrys auratus (Tāmure)

Eco systems:

  • Seafood gathering beds (Mahinga Mātaitai)
  • Dune system
  • The ocean
  • Coastal foreshore

Environmental Impacts:

The oil & debris were a threat to:

  • Kaimoana
  • Wildlife, bird life, marine life & environment
  • Wellbeing of whānau & hapu
  • Sand dunes
  • Archaeological sites
  • Pā and wāhi tapū
  • Water quality and oil in water column

Cultural Impacts:

  • Manaakitanga – mana diminished because Tangata Whenua were unable to harvest Kaimoana.
  • Rangatiratanga – integration of Mātauranga Māori into mainstream practices compromised our cultural Integrity.