Hingangaroa and Iranui are two prominent ancestors from whom many people can trace their descent. This includes Te Whanau a Apanui (through the eldest son Taua), Ngati Porou (through Mahaki Ewe Karoro), and Te Aitanga a Hauiti who trace their lineage from the youngest son, Hauiti.
This waharoa is named Hingangaroa me Iranui. It was unveiled on the 20th of March 2019. The whakairo above was a koha by Toi Māori Aotearoa to Te Aitanga a Hauiti. We are very proud to be the custodians of this taonga and to have this showcased in Uawanui-a-Ruamatua.
This story tells the journey of this magnificent whakairo and the many hands that carved it along the way.
It is the intent of the Te Aitanga a Hauiti leadership and the Te Ahikā Committee to remember the ancestor Hingangaroa in a poupou whakairo (carved image) tribute. Hingangaroa will once again stand with his whānau and his children to inspire Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti and visitors to the marae and Ūawa with the legacy of knowledge, artistic excellence, creativity and innovation. Ka tipu tonu te whaihanga ki Ūawa. The carved Hingangaroa tribute will be unveiled in 2019.