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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 10 (January 1, 1936)



The parakeet.


A name given to numerous mountains and hills in New Zealand. Meaning: “Cloud of heaven,” also “light of heaven,” sometimes referring to the sunshine on a height when the lower world is in shadow. The name is ancient Polynesian, from Tahiti.


Great spear.


A stream blocked up.


Toko=staff, or support; maru=shade, shelter, shield, protected. A Polynesian name originally, the name of one of the ancestral sailing canoes from Tahiti and other Eastern Pacific Islands. From the crew of this canoe which landed on the North Taranaki coast, many present-day people are descended. There is a Toko Maru in the Japanese language, one of many surface resemblances between that language and Maori.


The place where the ancestor Hau camped, on his traditional journey down the West Coast.


The place where Haù marched carrying his staff or spear at the trail, or used it in various warlike attitudes, at the shoulder, the charge, etc.


Literally mullet river, but a specific origin is given in song and legend. In the chant of Te Rangitakoru for his daughter Wharaurangi, the original Maori of which is contained in Sir George Grey's “Nga Moteatea,” it is said that Hau looked askance, out of the corner of his eye (“ka ngahae nga pi”). He likened his eyes to the glistening of the mullet, or to the mullet's eyes.


Parapara=scraps or small waste fragments, chips; umu=earth oven. There is a tradition of a hungry war-party which, on taking a fortified village from which its defenders fled, found only the scrapings of food on the stones in the umu.


Pae=wooden perch, also a place for bird-snaring; kakariki=the green parrakeet.

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