The Essence & Spirituality of my Whanau

Te Whanau A Apanui and Te Ehutu cover the area from Hawai to Potaka. Maraenui on East Cape is heartland Te Whanau-a-Apanui territory. It’s home to the hapu Te Whanau a Hikarukutai to whom I belong and treasure
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.

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.

Maraenui te pae manuhiri

Maraenui te pae manuhiri

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.

eastern bay of plenty whitianga marae - Google Search

eastern bay of plenty whitianga marae - Google Search

maraenui marae - Oil painting by Stanley Palmer

maraenui marae - Oil painting by Stanley Palmer

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