Waiapu Valley

What is Waiapu Valley known for?


title historic'

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an object of ridicule, and, afterwards, was known as “Tommy Poorfellow.”


water quality

Paikea travelled to New Zealand on the back of a whale, but Ruatapu sent a great flood to kill the survivors in New Zealand, called ''Te Tai a Ruatapu''. Mt. Hikurangi became a refuge for the people from this deluge. The Waiapu River is also of great significance to Ngāti Porou. According to traditional beliefs, they have had an undisturbed relationship with the river since the time of Māui, which serves to unite those who live on either side of it. Ngāti Porou believe that taniwha dwell in and protect the river, in turn protecting the valley and its hapū. Taniwha believed to be in Waiapu River include Kotuwainuku, Kotuwairangi, Ohinewaiapu, and Ngungurutehorowhatu.


causing extensive

Gisborne , New Zealand format PDF accessdate 3 May 2012 and a number of bridges in the valley have had to be raised to accommodate their rising riverbeds. As the riverbed rises, so does the river, which is causing extensive riverbank (Bank (geography)) erosion. The banks eroded at a rate of per year eroding in 2005


diversity work

. The second largest town, Tikitiki, is the easternmost point on the New Zealand State Highway


special+nature

" Since they arrived, the many hapū that live alongside the Waiapu River have been responsible for preserving the mauri (life principle or special nature) of the river, and the hapū of the valley act as kaitiakitanga (guardians) of the river and its tributaries. The techniques the iwi use to catch Kahawai at the mouth of the river are unique to that river, and are considered sacred. According to an affidavit of Hapukuniha Te Huakore Karaka, two taniwha were placed in strategic locations in the river to protect the hapū from invading tribes — one near Paoaruku (a locality at Category:Landforms of the Gisborne District Category:Valleys of New Zealand Category:Populated places in New Zealand Category:Populated places in the Gisborne District


century gold

of Hikurangi look down at the blue cod (Parapercis colias) soup, indeed white as the hair of my head). Singing the praises of home — the white layer of fat on top of the soup showed its high caloric value. 19th-century gold prospecting NB: This section is based on text from


traditional culture

date 25 September 2011 work Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand (Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand) publisher Ministry for Culture and Heritage Manatū Taonga In 2002, the valley's population was approximately 90% Māori, and traditional culture is still practised in the area — though it has changed significantly in the last 150 years. ref name "NZARM2002


live offering

Māori (Māori people) settlement of Waiapu Valley was widespread until the 1880s, while in March 1874 there were only 20 Pākehā living in the area. In 1840, Ngāti Porou extensively cultivated the area around the river. The valley was a place where they could live, offering safe refuge during periods of war, and supplies of fresh water and various species


title cultural

. The second largest town, Tikitiki, is the easternmost point on the New Zealand State Highway


title historic

of Hikurangi look down at the blue cod (Parapercis colias) soup, indeed white as the hair of my head). Singing the praises of home — the white layer of fat on top of the soup showed its high caloric value. 19th-century gold prospecting NB: This section is based on text from

an object of ridicule, and, afterwards, was known as “Tommy Poorfellow.”

Waiapu Valley

'''Waiapu Valley''', also known as the '''Waiapu catchment''', '''Waiapu River valley''' or simply '''Waiapu''', is a valley in the north of the Gisborne Region on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is the catchment area (Drainage basin) for the Waiapu River and its tributaries (Tributary), and covers The Raukūmara Range forms the western side of the valley, with Mount Hikurangi (Mount Hikurangi (Gisborne)) in the central west. The towns of Ruatōria and Tikitiki are in the north-east of the valley.

The vast majority of the catchment area lies within the Waiapu (Waiapu Ward) and Matakaoa wards of the Gisborne District Council, with the southernmost area in the Waikohu (Waikohu Ward) and Uawa ward (Uawa Ward)s.

The area is of immense cultural, spiritual, economic, and traditional significance to the local iwi, Ngāti Porou, and in 2002 approximately 90% of its 2,000 inhabitants were Māori (Māori people).

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