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Know your Piha 1 – Te Pona Whetu

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This distinctive hill at North Piha, visible opposite the North Piha Campers Club at the back of the Marawhara Walk,  has a name.


It is Te Pona Whetu, or the knuckle of Ngawhetu. Ngawhetu was the son of Maki, the eponymous ancestor of Te Kawerau a Maki. At a fight on North Piha beach, Ngawhetu injured his knuckle and the name was given to the distinctively – yes, knuckle-shaped –  hill.

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