Map: Te Heke o Rangihouhiri
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This map is part of the traditional story Te Heke o Rangihouhiri. Click here to access it.
Whakatane was the territory of Ngati Awa, who had a strong pa called Papaka on the hill above the present town. Ngati Rangihouhiri moved up the Whakatane River a little way and chose a place on a ridge above the river to build their pa. Ngati Awa were not too happy about these new settlers either. For a time they left them alone but the situation was uncertain...
Compiled by Evelyn Stokes, Occasional Paper No. 9, Centre for Maori Studies and Research, University of Waikato. October 1980. This document has been placed online with the permission of the University of Waikato and of the family of Evelyn Stokes. The Tauranga Moana Kaumatua Forum and the Tangata Whenua Collective were also consulted and agreed to it being made available online.