Bachelor of Design

Te Waiponitaka Fong-Yip

Ngāpuhi Taniwha Rau
Kia hiwa ra, kia oho, kia mataara, (Be alert, be awake, I am standing) Tēnā koutou katoa, Ko Te Waiponitaka ahau, nau mai haere mai! (Hello to you all, I am Te Waiponitaka, welcome!) In the heart of Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud, a story unfolds, woven with the threads of time, culture, and resilience. This book is a journey into the rich tapestry of the Ngāpuhi tribe. This book is not just a history lesson; it’s an invitation to connect with the soul of Ngāpuhi. It serves as a reminder that the past is not a distant echo but a living, breathing force that shapes the present and inspires the future. May this book serve as a bridge between cultures, a source of knowledge, and a testament to the importance of preserving and sharing the stories that define us. The name Ngāpuhi Taniwha Rau comes from a whakatauki in Ngāpuhi: Ngāpuhi ko kōwhao rau, Ngāpuhi taniwha rau. (Ngāpuhi of a hundred holes, Ngāpuhi of a hundred monsters) Kia Ora. (Thank you.)
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