Histories of a Nation brings the oral histories and traditions of the Waitaha people which casts light on the culture, scientific and natural wisdom of the early peoples of New Zealand

The Trail of Understanding

‘We are Waitaha…’

UNTIL NOW WE HAVE HIDDEN OUR BEGINNINGS, and all that followed, in the shadows. In this way we protected our knowledge in the silence of the Whare Wananga, the School of Learning of Waitaha.

Tuatara, the Keeper of Knowledge, guards the trails to the realms of the mind and spirit that give us life. We lead you past Tuatara, our ever vigilant kaitaki, and invite you to share the words and wisdom of our ancestors. For it has been decided it is time for our treasures to be brought into the light.

Ruia, Ruia, Ruia nga kakano I Ruia mai i Rangi Atea…We do this for the children, and their children, and all who call this land home.

With these words we begin to tell for the first time the sacred Histories of the peoples of the Nation of Waitaha. Once we were like the sands upon the beaches, a great, a great multitude who knew these shores. Now we are few, but we take courage from the taonga we still hold, because we have kept intact the most ancient songs of the ancestors.

Waitaha is older than old. Much of the history of this land is our history. We kept safe the knowledge of the Tides of Life that flow from Marama, the Moon.

Our Star Walkers joined the stars to the land. Our Water Seekers explored the rivers and tested their waters, and the remotest mountains knew the tread of their feet. Our Water Carriers planted kumara vines to clothe the nakedness of Papatuanuku. Our Stone Shapers brought Pounamu to the peoples of this land and others beyond the distant horizons. Our Sea Gardeners nurtured the many children of Tangaroa.

We are of Tane Mahuta, and we follow Rongo Marae Roa, the God of Peace.

Tuatara, the Keeper of the Knowledge, guards the
trails of the mind and spirit that gave us life

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