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1<html><head><title>Tikorangi Mountain</title></head><body><h2>Tikorangi Mountain</h2><p><font color=&quot;#000000&quot;><span style=&quot;font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'; letter-spacing: -0.05pt&quot;>Dominating the district now known as Portland, is <em>Tikorangi </em>Mountain. Now denuded of all vegetation, it exposes its bald, grey, lime head for all to see. Until about 1912, when it was purchased by Wilsons Portland Cement Company, this hill was green and beautiful, and gave </span><span style=&quot;font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'&quot;>its name <em>Tikorangi </em>to the surrounding district.</span></font></p><p><font color=&quot;#000000&quot;></font><font color=&quot;#000000&quot;><span style=&quot;font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'; letter-spacing: 0.15pt&quot;>According to the local Maori authorities, Tikorangi was so named because of white, jelly-like </span><span style=&quot;font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'; letter-spacing: -0.05pt&quot;>balls about six inches in diameter, that used to be found on the mountain. They did not last very </span><span style=&quot;font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'&quot;>long but melted away. Mr Harry Pitman says that in the early 1900's when he was a boy he had kicked these balls and watched them disintegrate.</span></font> </p><p style=&quot;margin: 6pt 14.4pt 6pt 3.6pt; text-align: justify&quot; class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot;><font color=&quot;#000000&quot;><span style=&quot;font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'; letter-spacing: -0.05pt&quot;>The <em>Maoris </em>claimed that these jelly-like balls, which sometimes were marked with stripes, fell from the skies, and so they called the mountain <em>Tikorangi, (tiko = I </em>settle upon, as frost does, </span><span style=&quot;font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'&quot;>and <em>rangi = </em>sky.</span></font></p><p style=&quot;margin: 6pt 14.4pt 6pt 3.6pt; text-align: justify&quot; class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot;><font color=&quot;#000000&quot;><span style=&quot;font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'&quot;><strong>Reference: Florence Keene, <em>Tai Tokerau</em>, Northland Room, Whangarei Library</strong></span></font></p></body></html>
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