The name Waihao refers to an important food resource obtained from the river that has its beginnings in the upland country behind the hills, Te Tari Te Kaumira.
Māori of the Waihao Rohe whakapapa to Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe and Ngāi Tahu. To these people Waihao is their turangawaewae, their home. Kāti Mamoe who migrated from the North Island in the sixteenth century and Kāi Tahu who came to Te Waipounamu in the seventeenth century whakapapa to Araiteuru and Takitimu waka.
It is through the marae that a sense of continuity with the past is achieved.
Tino mihi aroha ki a koutou te whanau o Waihao me Waitaki mo to mahi i te mana mo o tatou marae.