Mātai Rangatira ~ the majestic mātai
Turning inland, the wāhi taonga of Hinepaaka is situated near Alford. This site was the name of a sole majestic matai tree that stood as a marker and symbol for those travelling across the Plains and was named after the grandmother of Te Ruahikihiki. Although the original tree was felled by wind many years ago, a new tree was planted in its place by the kaumātua of Taumutu, Arowhenua and Tuahiwi.
Mātai use includes:
- Building / floors
- Is classified as one of the 'rākau rangatira’
The whakatauki for Vision - "He rākau morimori, e kore e taea te piki" Whakatauki translation - A tree shorn of branches cannot be climbed. Interpretation - A difficult goal must be approached step by step without trying to find a shortcut.