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Township about 1km north-west of Lake Ōmāpere, Northland. In 1845 Ngāpuhi chief Tāmati Wāka Nene built a pā here, and on 8 May he supported the British troops of Lieutenant-Colonel W. Hulme in their attack on the pā of Hone Heke near the shore of Lake Ōmāpere. The area was later settled by Canadian immigrants in 1864.
Meaning of place name
Ō: place of; kai: to eat; hau: wind. It has been said that anyone who looks down the beautiful Waihau vallery can appreciated the literal meaning, Feast of the winds. But it may also mean Place of Kaihau (wind-eater), a term for vagabond.