Tony Bridge


Whenua

Te Hakapupu Te Hakapupu (Pleasant River) rises in the hilly forested country before flowing in a generally eastward direction entering the Otago coastline between Matakaea (Shag Point) and the Waikouaiti River. The prevalent estuary situated at the river mouth has historically been a rich source of mahinga kai with extensive Māori archaeological sites situated nearby.

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Whenua

Manuhaea was traditionally a kāinga mahinga kai (food-gathering settlement) and kāinga nohoanga (settlement) on the eastern side of “the Neck” – the narrow isthmus of land separating lakes Hāwea and Wānaka.

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Whenua

The Rakahuri (Ashley River) is one of the numerous rivers that flow into Te Tai o Maahunui (Pegasus Bay). The river and its associated tributaries, wetlands, and lagoons were traditionally well known for their mahinga kai values.

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Whenua – Pareāihe

Pareāihe – The extensive volcanic peninsula that juts out from the east coast of Te Waipounamu, southeast of Ōtautahi, has been referred to by successive generations of Māori as “Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū”, meaning “the great food store house of Rākaihautū”.

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Whenua – Te Au Nui (Mataura Falls)

Te Au Nui (Mataura Falls) on the Mataura River is traditionally renowned for its abundance of kanakana (lampreys). This important mahinga kai has survived against the odds. In the late 19th century it was drastically altered when the Mataura Paper Mill and the Mataura Freezing Works were established on opposite sides of the river. Fifteen metres…

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Whenua – Ōmakō

Ōmakō is one of the Ngāi Tahu names for the Lindis Pass area. The name denotes both the pass and the river. This dramatic and iconic landscape which links Te Manahuna (Mackenzie Basin) with the lakes of Central Otago was part of an important ara tawhito extending from the Waitaki river mouth to Lake Hawea….

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The struggle for Takahanga

Today Takahanga Marae stands proudly overlooking the ocean on an historic pā that has been occupied for generations. Kaituhi Tony Bridge reports on how the long-standing vision for the marae was finally realised. Hariata Manawatu, of Kāti Kurī, vividly remembers those early fundraising days for Takahanga Marae. “You know, we must have been fundraising since…

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Whenua – Takapō

Takapō was a traditional mahika kai site used by Ngāi Tahu hapū on their seasonal mahika kai expeditions to Te Manahuna (McKenzie Basin). Photograph: Tony Bridge Click the image to view.

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