Explore the wetlands of the Wairarapa

Torotoro ngā repo o te Wairarapa

Wairarapa Glistening Water

This website is provided to help build a deeper connection to the diverse and beautiful repo (wetlands) of the Wairarapa in the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. It was co-designed by Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and researchers from the SpatialThink lab at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. Drawing on mātauranga Māori, Indigenous science, and Western science, this website weaves together strands and layers of kōrero (stories) from different wetlands to uncover meaning and develop understanding.

Ngā Pūrākau Mahere

Map Stories

Use the maps on this page to visit with repo (wetlands) in the Wairarapa and hear their waiata (songs) and kōrero (stories) and find out more about the role wetlands play in our ecosystem

Taonga Repo

Wetlands Stories

Hear tangata whenua from Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa sing waiata (songs) and kōrero (stories) about special repo (wetlands) in the Wairarapa

Tangata Kōrero

Storied People

In these videos, tāngata speak about their connection to the Wairarapa. Speakers discuss how they whakapapa to the area and what the repo mean for their identity

Tangata Whenua Kōrero

Storied People moulded by the Land

In these videos, tāngata speak about their connection to the places in the Wairarapa and the histories of these locations. 

Whakapapa Kōrero

Indigenous Stories

This series of videos shares waiata and kōrero about wetlands in the Wairarapa. Themes include local histories and geography, art and culture, pūrākau (ancient legends/stories), and cultural practices 

Frequently Asked Questions

Glossary

Education Resources

Website Survey


Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and researchers at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington would like to monitor the impacts of the resources on this site, including their usefulness. We invite you to participate in a 10-minute questionnaire about this website and the taonga provided.

Your contribution is important and will help us improve the website and develop future resources as well as contribute to research about connections with the Wairarapa.

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