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when I first met Danny he was a little baby that wee'd on me lol now every time walk past his house he shouts me over for a chat 😂 #beautiful #growingup #neighbours #wairaka

Every ANZAC day my Grandad would speak under this olive tree about its story. It was presented to the Maori Battalion as a seedling by the people of Galatas, Crete in remembrance of all our rangatira who fell there, and planted at our marae. I would roll my eyes by the time I was about 12, telling Grandad that I'd heard the story enough times. What I would give to hear him tell it once more. #LestWeForget #28MaoriBattalion #Crete #Wairaka #NgatiAwa

Wairaka , The daughter of Toroa #whakatane #wairaka #theheads #ladyontherock

"In my city" 💚 #WHK #whakatane #wairaka #whaleisland

These Boys just can't get enough of their Nanny Papa and Two Aunty's We Love you's 💗💗💗 #TatakaKids #Wairaka #TheHeads

Missing the warm sunsets of home. #wairaka

Wairaka the brave, stunning colours captured by @_.stateoftheart._ 📷© check out Ben's profile for more amazing travel photos

#whakatane #wairaka #everythingunderthesun

The gate to the #wairaka #walkway from #pukeruabay to #plimmerton.

A bulldozer was working this week to clear the sand that has built up on the western side of the Whakatane River.

#picofthepaper #turuturu #roimata #whakatane #wairaka


Nice trip up to whakatane for the long weekend
#whk #whakatane #ohope #sunset #wairaka #nissan #sentra

What better way to welcome in a short week than with the beautiful Wairaka, the Lady on the Rock. This bronze statue atop Turuturu Roimata lies at the mouth of the Whakatāne River. Superb! 📷:
@time2go_newzealand #NoPlaceLikeHomeBOP

Missing the warm sunsets of home. #wairaka

Denmark may have the Little Mermaid, but New Zealand has the beautiful Wairaka, the Lady on the Rock. Adore your work @TobyHawkes.co.nz #thingstosee #KiwiCulture #Wairaka #Whakatane #BayofPlenty #NewZealand #itsTime2Go!

The statue of Wairaka, elegant and brave, stands atop Turuturu rock, Whakatāne. "This story springs from the 12th Century Great Migration. The women of the Mataatua Canoe, left to themselves when the men went ashore for the first time, found a waka (canoe) drifting out to sea again. The paddles were tapu to women, but a high spirited teenager, Wairaka, who was the daughter of Chief Toroa, boldly seized one of the paddles and paddled the waka back to shore. As she did this, she shouted, Kia Whakatane au i ahau:, and her actions saved the women but also coined the name of the town. [Whakatane: to act as a man] A bronze statue of Wairaka stands on a rock at the Whakatane Heads to commemorate this act."
Source http://www.whakatane.info/business/wairaka-statue

She is an island again. #wairaka #riverinflood

Nga mihi ki te pa harakeke Pa Rangimarie mo to #koha #taonga ngā pū Ngaro. Nga mihi maioha ki te kaha o te roopu kaitiaki o #Wairaka he ringa raupa koutou. Mauri tau x #NgatiKorokoro #mokopuna

Stand tall and stand strong even if you're standing alone..welcome to my world, my home, my humble abode ##home #whakatane #newzealand #bayofplenty

I find it really hard to take a good picture of this tatt. This by far is my favourite tattoo and holds great significance and importance to me .
One being because it is a cover up .
And two the story behind it.
I chose to use this particular landmark for a reason.
One because I love the story ... Unveiled at the Whakatāne Heads in 1965 as a memorial to the wife of Sir William Sullivan. This bronze statue atop Turuturu Rock lies at the mouth of the Whakatāne River and commemorates the bravery of Wairaka and the daughter of Toroa, captain-navigator of the Mataatua waka.
When the Mataatua waka first arrived at Whakatāne after making a perilous voyage from Ngāti Awa’s ancestral homeland of Hawaiki 600 years ago, the men left the women alone in the canoe while they went ashore. When the canoe started to drift back to sea, Wairaka (defying the tapu that forbade women to handle a canoe) seized the paddle and brought the waka back to shore crying, ‘Kia Whakatane au i ahau’ – I will act the part of a man.' This cry is the origin of the town's name

But above that the reason I love this story is because of the woman who taught me it ❤

My Nanna Martha Graham ❤❤ I know everyone has their own story behind Wairaka but my Nans is the one that sticks with me xox
#wairaka #whakatane #beach #tattoos #girlwithink #coveruptattoo #dreamcatchertattoo #iwillactthepartofaman #bravery
#meaningful #special

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