Updated: Aug 13, 2020
This is the team Orongorongo blog post.
Ōrongorongo is a shortened version of Te Wai O Rongorongo – the waters of Rongorongo. Wai means water. O means of. Rongorongo was the wife of Turi Kaihautu of the canoe Aotea.
Rongorongo is a female name.
Also Orongo was an ancient deity of Hawaii, where it was known as Orongo.
Rongo was the Maori god agriculture, and father of the kumara.
The Ōrongorongo River runs for 32 kilometres (20 mi) southwest through the Orongorongo Valley in the southern Rimutaka Ranges of the North Island of New Zealand. The river and its associated catchments lie within the bounds of the Rimutaka Forest Park, which is administered by the Department of Conservation.
Orongorongo River is the main artery of the Rimutaka Range, draining an area with rainfall of up to 2,400 millimetres (94 in) a year, which is twice as much as the rainfall at the mouth of the river at Cook Strait. For much of its course the river is a braided river, with a wide bed of greywacke shingle and gravel and a number of streams of water.