'Connecting authentically produced māori taonga with the world'

(verb):  to order, plan, calculate, beautify

(noun):  lineage, purpose, ancestry

– Tātai signifies a physical presence of Te hapū O Puketapu on its whenua, between Whaitara and Waiwhakaiho.

– Tātai is proud to offer authentic māori products and services to the world, in one place.

– Tātai brings together māori artists, producers, manufacturers, and service providers to offer high-quality products + services to the world.

 

 

Starting from Puketapu Hapū, through to Te Atiawa nui tonu, to Ngā Iwi o Taranaki and Ngā Iwi o Aotearoa.

Ko Te Atiawa no Runga i Te Rangi - Te Atiawa descended from the heavens.

Puketapu hapū are proud to present Tātai, our retail store based in the New Plymouth Airport buiding Hono. We aim to showcase authentic quality products that have a whakapapa (genealogy) that link you to our corner of the world.

The site that the New Plymouth Airport currently stands on, is part of the ancient and endemic coastal estate of the Puketapu hapū who are a sub-tribe of Te Atiawa iwi.   Our people both pre and post-migration have occupied these sites since time immemorial.

Our oral history tells of Rongoueroa who had taken her young son Rauru to bathe with her in the Waiongana Stream.  While there she was noticed by a whatu kura or celestial being called Tamarau-te-heketanga-a-rangi. He was captivated by her beauty and watched her for some time.

Tamarau then came down from the heavens in a whirlwind and upon landing took the form of a man who first appeared to Rongoueroa as a reflection in the waters of the Waiongana. Rongoueroa gazed at this reflection for a long time eventually turning to see Tamarau who stepped forward and embraced her.

Afterwards he said, ‘Should our child be a son, call him Awanui-a-rangi to commemorate my descent from the heavens to this place.’

In due course, Rongoueroa gave birth to a son and called him Awanuiarangi. From here on the descendants of Awanuiarangi were known as Ko Te Atiawa no Runga i Te Rangi –

Te Atiawa descended from the very heavens above with the following ngeri (song) encapsulating this story.

Puketapu hapū are proud to present Tātai, our retail store based in the New Plymouth Airport buiding Hono. We aim to showcase authentic quality products that have a whakapapa (genealogy) that link you to our corner of the world.

The site that the New Plymouth Airport currently stands on, is part of the ancient and endemic coastal estate of the Puketapu hapū who are a sub-tribe of Te Atiawa iwi.   Our people both pre and post-migration have occupied these sites since time immemorial.

Our oral history tells of Rongoueroa who had taken her young son Rauru to bathe with her in the Waiongana Stream.  While there she was noticed by a whatu kura or celestial being called Tamarau-te-heketanga-a-rangi. He was captivated by her beauty and watched her for some time.

Tamarau then came down from the heavens in a whirlwind and upon landing took the form of a man who first appeared to Rongoueroa as a reflection in the waters of the Waiongana. Rongoueroa gazed at this reflection for a long time eventually turning to see Tamarau who stepped forward and embraced her.

Afterwards he said, ‘Should our child be a son, call him Awanui-a-rangi to commemorate my descent from the heavens to this place.’

In due course, Rongoueroa gave birth to a son and called him Awanuiarangi. From here on the descendants of Awanuiarangi were known as Ko Te Atiawa no Runga i Te Rangi –

Te Atiawa descended from the very heavens above with the following ngeri (song) encapsulating this story.

Tamarau no Runga i Te Rangi 

Heke iho ki raro ki te whakamarimari te tatari ai

Ki te hurahanga i te tapora o Rongo-ue-roa

Taku kuia e! Taku kuia e!

 

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sustainability

Here at Tātai we endeavour to minimise the environmental impact of our daily operations.

All packaging is made from recyclable and compostable materials.

We seek to protect our natural environment

 

Manaaki whenua, manaaki tangata, haere whakamua

Care for the land, care for the people, go forward.

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