Tangata Whenua

As is usual with written history, most of the archival material that is close to hand provides a singular view of history from the perspective of the available archival resources.

We aim to have more material published as it is provided, researched or finds its way into our hands.  We realise that this is not a comprehensive relating of Māori history in our area and is a work in progress, and so, we welcome any corrections or additions from our readers.

With this acknowledgement, we understand that the true history of a place is often never recorded, and in some cases can only be pieced together by fragmentary knowledge, oral history and artifacts.  This reconstruction approximates as best we can, the restoration of lost stories and life narratives.

The History of Mauku (2009)

With kind permission, a careful restoration of history, a re-story if you like,  of the tangata whenua of our local area – Patumahoe and Mauku – is reprinted here on our website:

Views from Whakaupoko.

It was authored by George Flavell and Charmaine Poutney and originally printed in the “The History of Mauku” published in 2009, which celebrated the 125th Anniversary of Mauku School (2008) and the Mauku Cricket Club (2009).

For more information on this publication, or if you would like to provide some material for our website relating to our local tangata whenua,  please contact us on patumahoevillage2050@gmail.com.


If you are interested in learning more about Māori culture and language these sites may be some of help to you –  :

Tēnā koe. Nau mai ki Te Aka.

Welcome to the online version of Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary and Index.

As well as the words one would expect in a traditional dictionary, Te Aka has encyclopaedic entries including the names of plants and animals (especially native and endemic species), stars, planets and heavenly bodies, important Māori people, key ancestors of traditional narratives, tribal groups and ancestral canoes. Māori names for institutions, country names, place names and other proper names are also provided. There are also explanations of key concepts central to Māori culture. Comprehensive explanations for grammatical items are included, with examples of usage, as are idioms and colloquialisms with their meanings and examples. These have all been included because they are important in communicating in a Māori context, and contribute to understanding and speaking the language in a natural way.