The story of Wairaka is from the 12th century. She saw a waka drifting out to sea shortly after her family landed from Polynesia during the Great Migration. Although women were not supposed to handle waka, she shouted “Kia whakatane au I ahau” (“I will be bold and act as a man”) and paddled it back to shore. And that is how Whakatane got its name.
I'm Hayley, resident of Wellington, NZ, and a full-time project manager. Outside of work I love to travel and exercise my creativity. This blog is a photo journal of my travel experiences, the big stuff and the small stuff. Thanks for visiting!