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The Maara Roa Name
The story is told that in former times a Maori woman, name unknown, tended a garden on a long strip of land somewhere in the northern side of this valley. She grew fruit and vegetables there, and shared them generously with Maori and Pakeha alike.
So well-known did she become for her hospitality, that travellers called her home "The Long Garden" - Maara Roa.
The nearby Marae has honoured her by naming the Wharenui "Ukaipo Hiato" - the gathering place of the mother who provides for all the people.
The Friends of Maara Roa - "Nga Hoa o Maara Roa" - intend to recreate a forest "garden" here, whose pleasures can be similarly shared by all in years to come.