I te tau 2012, i maea ake ai he whao pounamu i tona moe roa i te oneone i Poihākena nei.

In 2012 a greenstone chisel surfaced from it’s long slumber, here in the heart of Sydney.

  •  Nō hea tēnei whao? Where did this chisel come from?
  • Nō wai tēnei whao? Who did this chisel belong to?
  • Mā hea mai tēnei tāonga? How did this treasure come to be here?

Find out more on Poihākena tours: stories of Māori in Sydney….

Cumberland St Dig Site, The Rocks (photo taken in 2005). Find out more about the whao and the dig site on Poihākena tours: stories of Māori in Sydney

Cumberland St Dig Site, The Rocks (photo taken in 2005). You’ll hear more the site and it’s significance to Māori on Poihākena tours: stories of Māori in Sydney.

It’s Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Māori language week – a celebration of Māori language. One in five Māori now live in Australia and Te Reo Māori is vibrant and treasured here, with increasing numbers of speakers.

The korero (story) about the whau, was interpreted by Myles Maniapoto. Myles is an Australian born Māori studying Te Reo Māori in Poihākena (Sydney). Ngā mihi nui Myles – thank you.

 Whao, uhi = chisel

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