Topic: Aotea Waka Memorial - 1933

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Aotea Waka

Aotea Waka, Egmont Street, Patea

The Aotea waka celebrates the settling of the Patea area  by Turi and his hapu after they voyaged from Hawaiiki to Aotearoa in the 15th century. They landed at Kawhia and travelled overland to Patea naming many landmarks on the way including Tapuae, Oakura Waingongoro, Ingahape, Kaupokonui etc.

The Aotea waka was unveiled 2 August 1933 by the Minister of Internal Affairs, J A Young.

"He [Rev T G Hammond] continually urged them not to forget the wish of Taurua that a memorial be erected to Turi. The Taranaki Maori Trust Board took up the idea....under the chairmanship of Tupito Maruera. The Borough Council was approached ...and with their agreement the site in front of the Town Hall was chosen. ...Mr F A Jones of Hawera suggested building it [the memorial] in concrete.... Towards the end, finance ran out and only four figures were in the canoe when it was unveiled August 1933.." (Leslie et al, Patea: A Centennial History, 1981)

The four figures in the canoe were cast in Hawera of re-inforced concrete, from moulds made in Wellington by Mr H.P. Coleman. Photos of two of the figures made by Mr Coleman can be seen in the attached article from the Taranaki Daily News, "Patea Commemorate Intrepid Maori Explorer".  Several additonal figures, carved from ponga trunks, were added later but replaced with five more concrete ones in 1956.

Left Plaque

HE TOHU WHAKAMAHARATANGA

TENEI NA URI E NOHO NEI I RUNGA

I TENEI MOTU I AOTEAROA

MO O RATOU TUPUNA MO

TURI ME RONGORONGO

ME TA RAUA WHANAU ME TO RAUA OPE

Right Plaque

THIS IS A TOKEN OF REMEMBRANCE

ERECTED BY THE DESCENDANTS LIVING

THROUGHOUT AOTEAROA OF THEIR

ANCESTORS TURI AND RONGORONGO

THEIR FAMILY AND FELLOW VOYAGERS

ERECTED 1933.

(The Patea Town Hall behind the waka was demolished in 1982 (See Image below)

 

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Aotea Waka Memorial - 1933


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Aotea Waka Memorial - 1933 by Ron is Copyright Act 1994