The Tainui ancestor Kahupeka names land features in this illustration by Cliff Whiting. She is said to have named, among other places, Mt Pirongia and Te Aroha. One way to claim land was to show that an ancestor, like Kahupeka, had discovered and named it.
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New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa
Reference: He korero purakau mo nga taunahanahatanga a nga tupuna: place names of the ancestors, a Maori oral history atlas. Wellington: New Zealand Geographic Board, 1990.
Mixed media by Cliff Whiting
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