KAREKARE BEACH - Wai Karekare - The bay of the boisterous seas __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Few stretches of sand have more personality than Karekare. Those prone to metaphysical musings inevitably settle on descriptions such as ‘spiritual’ and ‘brooding’. Perhaps history has left its imprint: in 1825 it was the site of a ruthless massacre of the local Kawerau iwi by Ngapuhi invaders. Wild and gorgeously undeveloped, this famous beach has been the setting for onscreen moments, both high and lowbrow, from Oscar-winner The Piano, to Xena, Warrior Princess.
Wai Karekare - the bay of the boisterous seas. The main pa, Te Kaka Whakaara, was built in the mid 1700's by Kowhatukiteura (shown here in the carved statue)...... It was constructed on the large outcrop of rock that dominates the beach, know today as the Watchman. Unfortunately little remains of the once extensive fortifications.
Karekare and the special sites found within the area are still revered by Te Kawerau a Maki. They see them as symbols of their mana and a direct link with their Tupuna (ancestors). Pa were more than just refuges. They were important tohu rangatira (symbols of chiefly power).
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