May 10, 2023

Te Pou Herenga

He pou nā Maihi Potaka
Te Pou Herenga
He pou nā Maihi Potaka


Te Pou Herenga is a repository of Ngāti Hauiti mātauranga in the form of a book. The whakaaro for the development of Te Pou Herenga came from an understanding that the Rātā marae paepae kōrero and the pari karanga is growing smaller. There is consequently a need to build Hauititanga capability, in order to pass on those types of mātauranga and kōrero tuku iho to descendants.

An archive of language devices articulated through speech, song, and chant centred at Rātā marae, spanning the last 50 years (since the rededication of Rātā marae in 1983) is captured by Te Pou Herenga. Language devices included are whakatauākī (proverbs with provenance), whakataukī (proverbs), tauparapara (ritual speech), mōteatea (traditional chants), waiata (songs), waiata ā-ringa (action songs), pōwhiri haka (welcome haka), karakia (incantation), whakamoemiti (prayers), and hīmene (hymns). All have been composed either by various ancestors of Hauiti or by contemporary descendants in more recent times. Some of the examples included in Te Pou Herenga are well known throughout the nation and are not Ngāti Hauiti specific. They are, or were, however commonly heard on the Rātā marae ātea.

Access to formal reo ā-Hauiti (ōkawa) will be improved for the many descendants of Ngāti Hauiti, and in particular for those whānau currently on a reo or whakapapa journey, through Te Pou Herenga. Descendants will likely:

  • gain a greater understanding of their Iwi, hapū, and whānau identity; and
  • increase their confidence in participating and/or contributing to Iwi responsibilities, such as pōwhiri and mihi whakatau.


The Te Pou Herenga content collection phase has now concluded and material, including translations, is currently under review. The design phase has now begun and will feature relevant Ngāti Hauiti tūtohu whenua imagery as well as Iwi patterns such as the pātiki, a reference to the tupuna Tamatea-pōkai-whenua and the many pātiki fish that live in the Rangitīkei awa. Te Pou Herenga is expected to be published mid-year and available for distribution thereafter.

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