Pokohiwi – when translated – means shoulders.
This reminds us of the quote from Sir Isaac Newton, ‘if I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulder of giants’.
Te Pokohiwi, therefore, is an acknowledgment from Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu that we are only able to go as far as we do because we have the vision, the strength and the commitment of our nine iwi stakeholders who comprise Te Taumata.
There is also a specific relationship to the concept of Te Pokohiwi throughout Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Māui and Te Waipounamu.
In the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Kuia, and Rangitāne o Wairau Claims Settlement Act 2014 the reservation of Te Pokohiwi (being part of Wairau Lagoons Wetland Management Reserve became vested in the trustees of the Rangitāne o Wairau Settlement Trust. It is a site of significance with statutory acknowledgement on the deed of settlement for Ngati Rarua and significant also for Ngati Toa Rangatira.
Te Pokohiwi a Kupe, is one of the earliest sites of human habitation in Aotearoa.
In Ngāi Tahu whakapapa, the name Hohua Pokohiwi is listed in 1848 and drawn from the Maori Land Court in 1925 and the Ngai Tahu census committee in 1929.
Drawing on the name of Te Pokohiwi for our Iwi newsletter becomes in itself a way to pay tribute to our iwi visionaries, as well as associating all that we do with tribal history, a geographical reference point and a resounding connection to whakapapa.