Our Logo - Te Pataka Tahi
Small pataka (storehouses) as depicted by our logo were a distinctive feature of some Maori settlements in the 1800s. They were used for storing food as well as treasured objects like weapons and garments, and were built off the ground on a single post to provide protection from rats or other predators. Some posts were over seven metres high.
Pataka were made in all shapes and sizes; many were not carved, or else had only a little carving or painting. Every village of any consequence had an elaborately carved storehouse which belonged to the chief, and was a sign of his authority and prestige. The carved pataka seems to have been an object on which the leading chiefs lavished the best and most skilled labour at their command; and whatever might be the position of the ordinary food and store houses in the marae, a good position was always selected, in full view of the chief's dwelling, for the prized pataka whakairo.
Our Pataka is a small and humble storehouse where we have a few treasures from our lives to share with you. The name TAHI that appears above the entry is the Maori word for one, so simply put Number One General Store translates to Te Pataka Tahi.
We are from New Zealand and have lived in several rohe, or tribal areas, across our beautiful country. Our whakapapa (cultural ties) link us to Tainui, Tuwharetoa, Ngai Tahu, Te Arawa and Ngati Kahungungu. Additional to this we have strong familial cultural ties to Scotland and England. We don't consider ourselves to be part this, or part that ... rather we embrace our cultural heritages in their entirety - speaking the language, telling the stories, singing the songs, eating the food, supporting sports teams and embracing the rich history and values that make us who we are.
- We are New Zealanders
- We are Kiwis
- We are Maori
- We are Scottish
- We are English
- We are likely a few other things as well
Since 2008 we have called Australia home living the the South East Corner of Queensland where we have undertaken several roles, both in employment and within the community, where we can share our knowledge and passion with others. Number One General Store is a trading arm of Kyle-Scott Services where we share our taonga, including our knowledge, for the betterment of the community in which we live.
Rob & Janey
Return to Te Pataka Tahi and see our Taonga
National Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tangarewa
National Library of New Zealand - Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa
New Zealand Electronic Text Collection - Te Puhikotuhi o Aotearoa