Te Whanganui-ā-Orotū (Ahuriri estuary) is located 10 minutes from Napier’s CBD, in Hawke’s Bay, Aotearoa, New Zealand. Local Māori iwi associated with this special place is Ahuriri Hapū, Ngāti Pāhauwera and Maungaharuru –Tangitū. For the Ahuriri Hapū, Te Whanganui-a-Orotū has always held an elevated status, with its own mauri (life-force), wairua (spirit), and is central to their existence and identity. It is named after the ancestor Te Orotū, who was a descendant of the great explorer and ancestor Māhu Tapoanui, who is the very beginning of the Ahuriri people. Ngāti Pāhauwera regularly travelled between Mohaka and Te Whanganui-a-Orotū, which was a significant mahinga kai (food gathering site) for them. A Ngāti Pāhauwera pā and kāinga are located at the northern end of Te Whanganuia-Orotū. The area around Te Whanganui-a-Orotū was a very important source of food and was heavily populated.
Consequently numerous sites of cultural, historic and archaeological significance are situated around what was its shoreline. From the earliest of times it was highly prized for its enormous food resources and its access to major river systems and forest areas. In the lake were extensive shellfish beds and fishing grounds. In the rivers and streams, eels and freshwater fish. It was known as ‘a place of abundance’ for freshwater fish, shellfish, and birds and much prized as a food resource by the tangata whenua (people of the land). Local Hawke’s Bay photo enthusiast Greg Thompson, captured this awesome image, depicting the three Māori pou along the Ahuriri Estuary walkway in late autumn. It is aptly named “Ahuriri Magic”, and each A3 photographic print is 420 mm x 297 mm, and is printed on Breathing Colour Vibrance Luster. Perfect in your favourite frame, or sent to a loved one as a special gift! Enjoy a slice of this beautiful Aotearoa, New Zealand region forever!