Ko Puketapu te maunga
Ko Waipaoa me Karaua nga awa
Ko Horouta me Takitimu nga waka
Ko Ngati Maru te hapu
Ko Rongowhakaata te iwi
Ko te Poho o Taharakau te wharenui
Ko te Mokai te wharekai
Ko te Maheni te urupa
Ko te ara o Tuaraki ki Manutuke te wahi noho
Ko te Pahou te kohanga reo
'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 wharenui is named Te Poho o Taharakau and the wharekai is named Mokai.
The urupa is called Te Maheni. 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).
For marae bookings please contact:
Jacquie Jones - Phone: 027 7255599
Pahou Marae - Phone: +64 6 862 8725