Street Stories: Te Reo Maori
Tararua Street

Tararua Street was named in honour of the Tararua Mountains, supposedly because there was a good view of the mountains from the area. The view is diminished today by tree growth.

The name Tararua (twin peaks) is said to stem from the twin peaks of Mt Hector, known to Maori as Pukemoana and Pukeahurangi. They are said to have earned their names from an incident when a Maori chief, Rangikaikore, lost two spear tips (also known as tara) while hunting in the region.

The Maori name for Mount Holdsworth is Taratahi, one peak.

Pic: The Tararua mountains make a show after a winter snowfall. Photo - Michael Toohey.