Aparima River Deed of Recognition — Riverton / Aparima
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dunbar Loop
S 46° 21.182 E 168° 00.745
59G E 270145 N 4862388
Quick Description: This sign explains the taonga of Aparima River is to the Ngai Tahu
Location: South Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 9/9/2009 5:24:20 PM
Waymark Code: WM76KH
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member dragonsinger
Views: 3

Long Description:
The sign reads:

Deed of Recognition

Aparima River

A taonga (treasure) of the Ngāi Tahu

Named after Aparima, a tupuna (ancestress), this river flows from the eastern slopes of the Takatimu Mountains where a peak also honours her name. Shellfish, birds, tuna (eels), inanga (whitebait), pātiki (flounder), harakeke (flax) and other resources were gathered here. Near the river mouth was a permanent settlement; sea voyages were launched from nearby tauranga waka (landing places) across Te Ara a Kiwa (Foveaux Strait) to the Titi Islands and beyond. A carved tauihu (canoe prow) found in this estuary attests to this. The tūapuna had an intimate knowledge of navigation, river routes, safe harbours and landing places, locations of food and other resources. Their dependence on, and respect for the Aparima ensured the proper and sustainable utilisation of its resources. These values remain important to Ngāi Tahu today.


The Crown has formally acknowledged the association and values which the Aparima River holds for Ngāi Tahu Whānui, by giving effect to the status of Deed of Recognition as set out in the NgāI Tahu Claims Settlement Act 1998.

A Deed of Recognition recognises Ngāi Tahu's historic, spiritual and cultural relationships with the Aparima River and the manawhuena status which results from this relationship.

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