OSS project Ngā waka
There are five streets in that are named after the traditional waka or voyage canoes that sailed from Hawaiki to Aotearoa. These include…
Aotea St is named after the waka that is associated with Taranaki and Whanganui. It is one of the many waka that was made and migrated from Hawaiki to Aotearoa. It is said that the Aotea waka landed at Hawaiki-iti in the Aotea Harbour, north of Kāwhia.
Located in Orakei, Auckland; Kurahaupo is named after the waka of that name. It is referred to as ‘Te Waka Pakaru ki te Moana’ or ‘The Canoe Broken at Sea’, Kurahaupo landed at Rangitahua (Kermadecs) and was commanded by multiple chiefs.
Mataatua was one of the seven great voyaging canoes which sailed from Hawaiki to Aotearoa. It is said that Mataatua was sent from Hawaiki to bring supplies of kumara to Māori settlements in Aotearoa. Mataatua was captained by Toroa, who was accompanied by his brother Puhi, his sister Muriwai, his son Ruaihona and his daughter Wairaka.
Takitimu St is named after the waka of that name which is mainly associated with Tauranga tribes Ngāti Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi and Ngāti Pūkenga. There are various accounts of who captained the Takitimu waka, however it is often said that Tamatea Arikinui of Ngāti Kahungunu was the captain.
Te Arawa St
Te Arawa is the canoe in which the tribes and people of Rotorua trace their ancestry. It is yet another one of the waka that migrated from Hawaiki to Aotearoa. Captained by Tama-te-kapua, it is said that the canoe was named after the ‘Arawa’ shark which was seen in the ocean on the canoes voyage to Aotearoa.