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Te Runanga o Waihao Inc


If  you have the time why not visit our friends in Waimate / Waihao

The takiwa of Te Runanga o Waihao centres on Wainono, sharing interests with Te Runanga o Arowhenua to Waitaki, and extends inland to Omarama and the Main Divide

The name Waihao refers to an important food resource obtained from the river that has its beginnings in the upland country behind the hills, Te Tari Te Kaumira.  The hao eel, the lifestage of the short-fin eel was, and still is, a delicacy to families who gathermahinga kai from the Wainono Lagoon and the Waihao River (the kete of local maori).

The river convolutes its way over the Waimate landscape before emptying into the sea near Morven. There are no longer any commercial license holders on the river or lake and the supply of eels is once again plentiful.  Waihao also refers to the historic meeting place of Rakaihautu with his son Rokohouia.

Ko te hao te kai a te aitaka a Te Ao Tapu iti – The hao is the delicacy of Te Ao Tapu iti.

Te Ao tapu iti was partner to Te Rokohouia (or sometimes called Te Rakihouia - Te Rokohouia was son to Rakaihautu.)

Maori of the Waihao Rohe whakapapa to Waitaha, Kati Mamoe and Ngai Tahu. To these people Waihao is their turangawaewae; their home. Waitaha, itself a collection of ancient tribes, trace their lineage to the Uruao waka.  Kati Mamoe who migrated from the North Island in the sixteenth century and Kai Tahu who came to Te Waipounamu in the seventeenth century whakapapa to Araiteuru and Takitimu waka.

It is through the marae that a sense of continuity with the past is achieved.