by Apihaka Tamati Mack
Ngātiawa Tai Kapiti — Kapakapanui te Mounga
This was carved on Otāraua Hapu w’enua up Maungakotukutuku River, Reikiorangi, Tai Kapiti from the many Rimu trees in our ngahere [forest]. Our Otāraua Hapu: Rangatira Ta Henare Te Marau was a loyal Ngātiawa soldier.
Kapakapanui Waka was recorded by Governor Grey’s constabulary as “Chief Witi Rangitaake waka five passengers.” I have a copy of this document which names all of the waka and who was in them.
This is a photograph from Puke Ariki Museum, New Plymouth. “Description: Carved wooden tauihu (canoe figurehead) resting on rocks at the beach. This is thought to be from ‘Kapakapauni’, the waka Wiremu Kīngi te Rangitaake used to lead Te Ātiawa home to Waitara from Waikanae in 1848”. Note that whoever wrote this, erased the Ta Whiti original tribal title.
For more about tauihu, see here