What are waahi?

Waahi are sites that have cultural significance to hapu and iwi.

What waahi will we be studying?

We’ve identified 6 major waahi that were directly impacted as a result of the RENA disaster:

GPS Coordinates: 37.4000° S, 175.9333° E Google_Maps_Icon

Proximity: 43 km to Ōtāiti (Astrolabe Reef)

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Waihi Beach is a coastal town at the western end of the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand’s North Island. It lies 10 kilometres to the east of the town of Waihi, at the foot of the Coromandel Peninsula.

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GPS Coordinates: 37.5833° S, 176.0833° E Google_Maps_Icon

Proximity: 29.8 km to Ōtāiti (Astrolabe Reef)

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Matakana Island is located in the western Bay of Plenty in New Zealand’s North Island. A long, flat island, it is 20 kilometres in length but rarely more than 3 kilometres wide. Rangiwaea Island is also closely connected with whānau from Matakana.

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GPS Coordinates: 37.6430° S, 176.1850° E Google_Maps_Icon

Proximity: 21.3 km to Ōtāiti (Astrolabe Reef)

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Mauao, or Mount Maunganui, commonly known by locals as just The Mount, is an extinct volcanic cone at the end of a peninsula and the town of Mount Maunganui, by the eastern entrance to the Tauranga Harbour in New Zealand.

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GPS Coordinates: 37.7333° S, 176.3000° E  Google_Maps_Icon

Proximity: 21.0 km to Ōtāiti (Astrolabe Reef)

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Papamoa is the largest suburb of Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty region on the northeastern coast of the North Island of New Zealand.

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GPS Coordinates: 37.6257° S, 176.4221° E Google_Maps_Icon

Proximity: 7.3 km to Ōtāiti (Astrolabe Reef)

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Motiti Island is located off the Bay of Plenty coast of New Zealand’s North Island. It is 21 kilometres north-east of Tauranga and 9.4 kilometres north-east of Papamoa. There were 18 homes occupied by 27 people on the island in the 2006 Census.

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GPS Coordinates: 37.5604° S, 176.3965° E Google_Maps_Icon

Proximity: Ground ZERO!

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Ōtāiti (Astrolabe Reef) is near Motiti Island, off the Bay of Plenty coast in New Zealand. The reef, which breaks the water surface at low tide, is a renowned scuba diving spot that drops off to 37 metres in different parts.

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