Kōrero: Rivers

Inside Tamatea’s cave

Inside Tamatea’s cave

Tamatea’s cave, on the Whanganui River, commemorates the name of the early Māori explorer and captain of the Tākitimu canoe, Tamatea-pōkai-whenua. Tamatea explored upstream, leaving his servant to wait at the river’s mouth. Some say this gave rise to the river’s name: Whanganui translates as ‘long wait’.

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Photograph by David Young

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David Young, 'Rivers - Māori and rivers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/14688/inside-tamateas-cave (accessed 18 February 2020)

He kōrero nā David Young, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007