Print Zoom

Wai Mata Me/Wai Mata Oli

Uma Lulik: Wai Mata Me

This spring is located by the beach of Mau Ba'i below Buruma. At this beach there is a natural rock pillar of the same name which is sacred (lulik) and said to be the metamorphosed body of the crocodile ancestor on whose back the returning people of Wai Mata Me arrived from Roma.

These first people to settle at Wai Mata Me were a brother and a sister and they commenced their settlement below Wani Uma by creating two rice paddies which were named Bui Laku Bui Liri. They also brought with them bamboo lengths filled with water and when they moved to their final settlement site at Mau Ba'i on the coast below Buruma they created (M. saun=planted) there two springs known as Wai Mata Oli [W: large spring] and Wai Mata Me [W: small spring]. 

Meanwhile Major Ko'o Raku, the lia na'in of Bahu, recounts that it was two ancestors whose names were Leki Roma and Loi Roma who brought with them to Wai Mata Me buffaloes of the same name. The buffalo wallowed in the mud and broke up the earth below with their horns. From this act the springs were created and the water began to emerge. At Wai Mata Me a sacred house was built. From the spring at Wai Mata Oli the water was channeled to feed the rice fields below in the coastal area of Mau Ba'i (where the practice of metalwork or tuku besi was first introduced). These fields were named Da Holo, Ra Buti, Ria Siaka, Aha Isi, Manu Waru, Ra Gia and Wai Sara. Once the water had been canalised all the way to Mau Ba'i, the owners of the buffalo sacrificed the buffalo by the springs.
Type of spring
Waima'a: 'small spring'
Image file