Nga Pao me nga Pakiwaitara a te Iwi Māori,PA058
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"Song and Story of the Māori". Short Wave Radio Broadcast.
'Banks Peninsula in the Old Days.'
Narrated by Airini Grenell.
The Banks Peninsula area does not pocess a distinctive Māori name to our knowledge.
The whole South Island was spoken of as Te Ika, or, the Fish.
The Northern part was the Moa Upoko, the frontal head, while the Southern part, even today, is known as Muri Hiku, the rear tail of the fish.
The Waitaha are said to have been the first Māori inhabitants of these parts. Gradually making their way from the Bay of Plenty to the South Island, they settled and multiplied rapidly.
About the middle of the sixteenth Century, Waitaha were conquered and destroyed my the Ngāti Mamoe, from the East Coast of the North Island.
In a little more than a hundred years, they in turn were despoiled by Ngai Tahu, also an East Coast Tribe and descendants of the Canoe's, Takitimu, Kuruhaupo and Makahorua.
Airini also tells of the possible settling from this area into the Chatham Islands.
Airini also talks of the history of Port Levy or Koukourarata, on the Banks Peninsula. Koukourarata was the largest M?ori settlement in Canterbury in the mid 1800s with a population of about 400 people.
Reference number 55736
Media type AUDIO
Collection Sound Collection
Grennell, Airini, 1910-1988
Date 27 Apr 1951