A female skull has been buried in the cemetery of Ohuirehe in Taiwhakaea under traditions overseen by Pouroto Ngaropo and Stanley Ratahi this week.
The skull was dug up during excavations on the Whakatane Hospital grounds where the construction of the new hospital building is taking place.
Test were done on the skull and deemed to be of woman pre-European. Pouroto Ngaropo thinks the place where the woman’s skull was found could indicate a human sacrifice to give mana to the agricultural gardens.
That was the old tradition of this area to make sure food was grown in accordance to protocol including kumara.
Kei te urupa o Ohuirehe i Taiwhakaea te anga mahunga o tetahi wahine tawhito e tapuke ana na runga i nga whai tikanga a Pouroto Ngaropo raua ko Stanley Ratahi no tenei wiki tonu. He anga wahine i kitea no muri i nga ketuketu i te takiwa o te hohipera o Whakatane kia tu ai nga whare turo hou. Hei nga whakamatautau he anga wahine no mua rano mai o te taenga mai o te Pakeha ki tenei motu Te Ika-a-Maui. Tera nga korero a Pouroto Ngaropo ekene ko te takotoranga o te anga wahine i tera takiwa he raukakai kia whangai i te mauri o te mara kai. Koira tetahi tikanga o nga tipuna o Mataatua Waka kia mauhere tetahi taurekareka kia patua e rere ana te toto ki te whenua kia pupuri i te mauri o te momo hua whenua pera i te kumara.