Views from Whakaupoko

Mana Atua Mana Tangata

ka hoki ano maua ki te haha

I ia Pa I ia Pa

I ia kainga I ia kainga

We search for each Pa, each Pa each village, each village

The story begins with Tahi’s boyhood in 1808, and follows on with his reflections half a century later in 1858.  His great-great-granddaughter, Rua,  picks up the thread in 1908 when she is a girl and narrates the time of 1958 when she has mokopuna of her own.  The final narrative is from Tumanako and Hope, two descendants of Tahi and Rua, relating their perspective of Maori descendants in 2008.

Whakaupoko is the original name for Bald Hill, which is located south of Mauku after travelling up Titi Road, and traversing Waiuku Road.  The name has been acknowledged recently in the formation of our local Landcare group, Whakaupoko Landcare.

Tena koutou katoa

We hope this account of Mauku and its surroundings will give you some feeling for what the last two hundred years have been like for Māori who lived here.

Those who tell the story – Tahi, Rua, Tumanako and Hope – are created by us for that purpose, as are their family members.

But the historical events they observe or remember, and the named public figures, are real, and we have used a range of historical resources to try and make this account as true to life as possible, even though told as a story.

Two of us have worked together on this story: George Flavell, kaumatua of Ngaati Te Ata, historian and sculptor – Charmaine Pountney, Ngaati Pakeha, teacher and writer.

We believe that respectful cooperation between our peoples is of vital importance to the future of our nation, and still possible if we are honest about our past.

Our thanks to Andrew Sinclair from Whakaupoko who invited us to write this account; we hope it will be useful to the children of Mauku School and others, and to their families, in helping us move forward together.

Authors: George Flavell – kaumatua of Ngaati Te Ata;

Charmaine Pountney, Ngaati Pakeha, teacher and writer