Whanganui, which is spelled Wanganui in English, is an island on the South Island of New Zealand, on the western coast. It is the second-largest city in the district of Whakarewarewa-Wanganui and is bordered by the Waikato River to the north. The Whanganui River runs along the east coast from Mount Tongariro, New Zealand’s tallest mountain, to the ocean. Whangaparaoa Bay is also a popular recreational area for locals and tourists.
Whanganui’s culture is influenced by Maori culture. The district is home to a large Maori population, with the native language spoken, and there are numerous historical sites, including some historical buildings dating back as far as the 1820s. A popular attraction, Whangaparaoa Beach, can be seen from many homes in Whangaparaoa.
Whanganui has a very rich history. The region was first settled by Polynesians and they made use of te reo Moko, or “the earth mother”. This was a way for them to collect fish that were not available anywhere else. This fishing technique became known as “te reo moko”, or “the mother earth’s fish”. Te reo Moko is still using today to catch a wide range of fish. Some of these fish are used for preparing food, while others are exported to other countries.