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TE WHARE WANANGA

The Teachings of a Tohunga
Nepia Pohuhu

As transcribed and recorded by Te Whatahoro Jury on 1 April 1863, and published in "Te Wananga", the journal of the Board of Maori Ethnological Research, Vol I No.2 December 1929, and Vol II No.1 March 1930.

Introduction
Contents

 

Introduction

In the mid-1800s Nepia Pohuhu was a tohunga (priest / scholar) from the Wairarapa region of Aotearoa / New Zealand. Along with others, including Pahoro Te Tio, he was a contemporary of Moihi Te Matorohanga, to whom they deferred in all matters concerning the teachings of the Whare Wananga (House of Learning).

The teachings of this whare wananga were recorded by the scribe, Te Whatahoro Jury, and were subsequently used as the basis of many of the writings of non-Maori ethnologists such as S.P.Smith and E.Best. Their writings did not always faithfully represent the original sources.

The teachings contained within were recorded by Te Whatahoro at Ngaumutawa, near the present city of Masterton in the Wairarapa, on 1st April 1863. They are untranslated from the original Te Reo Maori (Maori language).

The manuscript contains a large amount of whakapapa (genealogy). Because of the sheer volume it will gradually be added over a period of many weeks.

Contents

Nga Kupu Whakataki
Nga Ingoa o Io
Nga Ingoa o Nga Rangi
Ka Moe a Rangi Raua ko Papa
Ko Nga Po
Nga Apa
Nga Whare Atua
Te Haerenga o Tane