Story: Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration

Kupe’s place names

Kupe’s place names

This map shows the places named by Kupe in the Wairarapa and Wellington. He named rocks near Cape Palliser Mātakitaki (gazing out) because he could see Tapuae-o-Uenuku (the highest mountain in the Kaikōura ranges) from there. He also named Matiu (Somes Island) and Mākaro (Ward Island) after his daughters.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration - Wairarapa and Wellington', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/map/14150/kupes-place-names (accessed 6 April 2020)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Sep 2007