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River Lives: Waikato River, New Zealand

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Uploaded on Jul 11, 2011

River Lives: Stories from the world's greatest rivers - As part of the AQUA exhibition events series, over 10 weeks the diverse cultures of Auckland share their music, rituals and the ebbs and flows of their river life. On July 9, 2011 hundreds of visitors joined the Museum on a journey along the Waikato River. Waiata and stories brought the river to life and explained it's significance to the people of the Waikato now and throughout history.

"Waikato taniwha rau, he piko he taniwha."

This famous Maori saying translates to "Waikato of a hundred taniwha, every bend a taniwha" and speaks to the spiritual relationship between Maori and New Zealand's longest river. The translation of Waikato draws together the meaning of wai (water) and kato (the pull of the river current in the sea) to mean "flowing water". Find out more about the AQUA exhibition and events at http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/aqua .

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