Kā puna karikari o Rākaihautū
The springs dug by Rākaihautū
Our name, Lincoln Hub He Puna Karikari derives from a Waitaha and Ngāi Tahu oral tradition about an ancestor Rākaihautū. Translated literally he puna karikari means a rippling spring.
Rākaihautū is credited with bringing the first people, Waitaha, to the South Island. Landing at Whakatū (Nelson) Rākaihautū travelled by land southward. Along the way he used his digging stick Tūwhakaroria to dig the many lakes and waterways. Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) and Wairewa (Lake Forsyth) were the last two lakes he formed.
The puna (springs) of Rākaihautū are symbols of the deep wells of knowledge, the regeneration of ancient knowledge and the birth of new knowledge. When Rākaihautū dug into Papatūānuku, mother earth, he released her knowledge to the world of light. Her knowledge of land, water and natural resources.
The word karikari means to dig or cultivate. By releasing Papatūānuku’s knowledge, Rākaihautū provided a landscape ripe for cultivation and testing of new boundaries.
The phrase ‘kā puna karikari o Rākaihautū’ appears in the original manuscripts of the Waitaha people. It refers to the springs or lakes created by Rākaihautū. He Puna Karikari, the name given to the Lincoln Hub by Te Taumutu Rūnanga, is a variation of this original phrase.
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