Sunday, August 16, 2009

East Cape Base

Ruatoria. May 2009. Ajr
I took this photograph of the main office of Te Runanga o Ngati Porou one Sunday morning in Ruatoria on East Cape. The Ngati Porou homeland is the most easterly region of the North Island - beautiful, remote and largely unspoiled - and Ngati Porou territorial boundaries run fromPotikirua in the north to Te Toka a Taiau in the south. It's a mountainous area edged with stunning beaches. many say that one of Ngati Porou's greatest assets had been its remoteness, its isolation and its strong sense of tribal identity and sovereignty - its mana motuhake. You can read more about the Ngati Porou iwi by checking their website -

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