February 26, 2013
Iwi seeking restoration of Ngaruroro
Māori living near the Hawke’s Bay’s Clive River want its original name restored.
Whakatu resident Des Ratima says the Ngaruroro River was renamed the Clive in 1975 after a major flood control scheme added diversion and overflow channels.
He says Ruawharo, one of the tohunga aboard the Takitimu waka, originally named the awa Ngaruroro-moko-tuararo-ki-rangatira.
As well as restoring the name and the history that comes with it, Mr Ratima says tangata whenua want the flow of the river reinstated, as diversions have reduced marine life.
The request is being considered by Hawkes Bay Regional Council.
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