Story: Papatūānuku – the land

Ruawehea’s territory

Ruawehea’s territory

Kahikatea (white pine) trees grow on the banks of the Waihou River, on the Hauraki Plains. The Hauraki region was home to a high-born Ngāti Hako woman called Ruawehea, who held mana (authority) over a particular area of land. Visitors were welcomed to the area under her authority.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Papatūānuku – the land - Women and land', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 January 2022)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007