Kaitieki o Ngati Maru, Ngati Kaipoho, Ngai Tawhiri, Ngati Ruapani ki Turanga

Pahou Marae History

He tini whetu ki te rangi, ko Ngati Maru ki te whenua.

He tini ika ki te moana, ko Ngati Maru ki uta

A multitude of stars in the sky, as are Ngati Maru below.

A multitude of fish in the sea, as are Ngati Maru ashore.

Pahou Marae is situated on the Matakaka No.1 block in Tuaraki Road, Manutuke. Matakaka is named after a taniwha who lived on Poukokonga lake right beside the marae. The lake had two outlets to the sea. One that drained into the Otiere Creek then into the Tawhao on the Waipaoa river and then into the sea.

The tekoteko of Pahou Marae commemorates the tipuna Taharakau as he was primarily connected with Tuaraki at Manutuke. The marae is situated on the Matakakaka 1 block and belongs to Ngati Maru and Ngai Tawhiri. The wharepuni is named Te Poho o Taharakau and the wharekai is named Mokai. The urupa is called Tamahene. The area is named Tuaraki from the phrase “while the sun is still up” meaning the hapu should return home. It is said the hapu of this marae was never divided always keeping together. If they happened to leave their camp they would always make sure to return while the sun was still up for fear of being caught by Kehua (ghosts).

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