Corporal Bill (Willy) Henry Apiata. New Zealand SAS and Victoria Cross recipient. Affiliates to Nga Puhi iwi through his father but spent much of his time in the Eastern Bay of Plenty and holds a strong affiliation to the Whanau A Apanui iwi. Bill's home Marae is Tutaki Marae in Te Kaha. He is much loved and respected by our people

Corporal Bill (Willy) Henry Apiata. New Zealand SAS and Victoria Cross recipient. Affiliates to Nga Puhi iwi through his father but spent much of his time in the Eastern Bay of Plenty and holds a strong affiliation to the Whanau A Apanui iwi. Bill's home Marae is Tutaki Marae in Te Kaha. He is much loved and respected by our people

Te Whanau-a- Apanui winners for the 2015 Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival at Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand. The National Kapa Haka festival is a biennial event celebrating Maori traditional performing arts.

Te Whanau-a- Apanui winners for the 2015 Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival at Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand. The National Kapa Haka festival is a biennial event celebrating Maori traditional performing arts.

This carving of Apanui Ringamutu, the founding ancestor of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, is in Te Hono ki Hawaiki, the marae at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. It was carved by a team under the direction of the well-known Te Whānau-ā-Apanui artist Cliff Whiting.

This carving of Apanui Ringamutu, the founding ancestor of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, is in Te Hono ki Hawaiki, the marae at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. It was carved by a team under the direction of the well-known Te Whānau-ā-Apanui artist Cliff Whiting.

Aerial View of White or Whakaari Island in Bay of Plenty New Zealand

Aerial View of White or Whakaari Island in Bay of Plenty New Zealand

Te Whanau a Apanui Welcome sign at Hawai

Te Whanau a Apanui Welcome sign at Hawai

Maraenui te pae manuhiri

Maraenui te pae manuhiri

A view of Maraenui from a steep winding road As a child I can't remember what was more exciting watching the settlement come in and out of view between the then small Manuka growth or marvelling at my dads skilful driving over loose metal it was such a dodgy road almost as wide as the beastie v8 we were in.

A view of Maraenui from a steep winding road As a child I can't remember what was more exciting watching the settlement come in and out of view between the then small Manuka growth or marvelling at my dads skilful driving over loose metal it was such a dodgy road almost as wide as the beastie v8 we were in.

In the Te Whānau-ā-Apanui tribal area the whai (stingray) is seen as a kaitiaki (guardian), which protects the areas where shellfish are harvested.

In the Te Whānau-ā-Apanui tribal area the whai (stingray) is seen as a kaitiaki (guardian), which protects the areas where shellfish are harvested.

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