Street Stories: Te Reo Maori
Kokiri Place

The Waipoua River, near the site of the old Kaikokirikiri pa.

In 2006, the street previously known as Cornwall Place was renamed Kokiri Place at the suggestion of Rangitaane of Wairarapa, whose offices are situated there. The name refers to a sporting activity at Kaikokirikiri paa, on the banks of the Waipoua River. Inhabitants lined the banks of the river and on the call of “Kokiri” raced down the bank and swam across the river. The first to cross was the winner.