Rapaki

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View of Lyttelton Harbour and Rapaki

Rapaki is a small settlement within the Whakaraupo (Lyttelton, New Zealand) Harbour basin.[1]

Rapaki is one of four Banks Peninsula rūnanga (communities) based around marae (tribal meeting grounds).[2] The Rapaki Marae, also known as Te Wheke Marae, is a meeting ground of Ngāi Tahu and its Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke branch.[3] It includes Wheke wharenui (meeting house).[4]

Rapaki is overlooked by the peak Te Poho o Tamatea. According to one legend, the Ngāi Tahu chief Te Rakiwhakaputa named the place by laying his waist mat (Rapaki) down to claim it.[5] The full name of Rapaki is Te Rapaki o Te Rakiwhakaputa, meaning the waist mat of Te Rakiwhakaputa.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand
  2. ^ [2] Ngāi Tahu Rapaki description
  3. ^ "Te Kāhui Māngai directory". tkm.govt.nz. Te Puni Kōkiri.
  4. ^ "Māori Maps". maorimaps.com. Te Potiki National Trust.
  5. ^ [3] Ngai Tahu Rapaki description
  6. ^ Rapaki marae introduction

Coordinates: 43°36′14″S 172°40′46″E / 43.6040°S 172.6795°E / -43.6040; 172.6795