Taketakerau is an ancient puriri around 2,000 years old , this native tree stands in the Hikutaia Domain in Opotiki.
Taketakerau with the added The Millennium Tree is the name of a book written by Opotiki farmer woman Marnie Anstis. Marnie Anstis said the book idea took only three minutes but fifteen years to complete.
Taketakerau The Millennium Tree has been selected as a finalist in the NZ Post Childrens Book Awards.
Marnie Anstis is thrilled with the award and she also says she did not think she would be doing this type of print work, but apparently Taketakerau the ancient knew as well as its duty to look after skeletal remains of Ngati Upokorehe ancestors, the book now holds records of it about its self.
Taketakerau – he puriri tawhito e mahara ana e rua mano tau neke atu te pakeke o tenei rakau maori kei roto o te wahi Hikutaia i Opotiki. Hoi ano he ingoa hoki Taketakerau me te ingoa tapiri The Millennium Tree o te pukapuka kua titoa e Marnie Anstis wahine ahuwhenua o Opotiki. Hei nga korero a Marnie Anstis e toru meneti noa iho tona whakaaro ki tenei pukapuka, engari kia whakatinana rano me tekau ma rima tau pahore ke. He pukapuka te Taketakerau – The Millennium Tree i tohua hei pukapuka whiringa mutunga i te NZ Post Childrens Book Awards. Otira nga whakaaro o Marnie Anstis e miharo ana ki tenei tohutoa kua riro i a ia me tana korero hoki ahakoa kihei ia i mahara tenei mahinga tuhinga mana he mohio no te rakau nehera no Taketakerau otira he rakau i urupa i nga koiwi o nga tipuna o Ngati Upokorehe aianei he pukapuka kei te urupa i nga korero mona ona.