Story: Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration

Waipāoa River

Some traditions explain the origin of natural phenomena. Pāoa was said to have created three rivers by urinating, including the Waipāoa (literally the water of Pāoa). This song, ‘Ka haramai a Pāoa’ (the arrival of Pāoa), tells of this and his other exploits.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration - Exploration traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/14126/waipaoa-river (accessed 31 March 2020)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Sep 2007