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Tararua History Ōrongorongo Place Name Origins

Compiled by Jeremy Foster -> mailto:jjfoster [snail] xtra [period] co [period] nz, August 2019.

Revised: 22 February 2021.


The information is laid out in the following style:

Locality Name for example – Baine-iti Hut.
Type of geographical feature for example – Hut.
Definition for example – John (Jack) Alexander Baines (1901 – 1984)
was a tramper in the Ōrongorongos from the 1920s and onwards.
It was built around about 1930. It replaced a earlier hut. It is a private hut but open to the public.
Source of the information for example –
The History Of The Orongorongo Valley And Environs by Joanna Lane–Taylor.
Meaning of the information for example –
Built Heritage Of The Orongorongo Valley by Chris Cochran, Chris Maclean, Allan Sheppard.
Time frame when the name came into existence for example – 1914.

The origin of the names of various topographical features, tracks, huts and other sites of the Ōrongorongo Ranges. It excludes road and street names.

Ōrongorongo is a shortened version of Te Wai ō Rongorongo – the waters of Rongorongo. Te means the. Wai means water. Ō 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 flows for 32 km southwest in the southern Remutaka Range. The river and its catchments are within the boundaries of the Remutaka Forest Park.

The area covered by the Ōrongorongo water intake scheme is about 2,830 hectares.

The area for the purposes of this document covers is from the head of the Ōrongorongo River to the mouth where it enters the sea at the Wainuiomata Coast. It covers the east and west side of the river. That is the watershed of the river.

Other documents that relate to the area are:

See also the Wikipedia page on the Ōrongorongo River.

The huts that are mentioned in the document are the ones administered by the Department of Conservation (DOC). It excludes most of the privately owned huts in the Ōrongorongo Valley.

For more history about the Māori naming and their association with the Ōrongorongo see:

  • A Guide to Rimutaka Forest Park by Bill Sewell.
  • Built Heritage Of The Orongorongo Valley by Chris Cochran, Chris Maclean, Allan Sheppard.
  • The History of the Orongorongo Valley and Environs by Joanna Lane–Taylor.

The Map sources are from various topographical maps as stated in the Bibliography.

See the Bibliography for further sources of information.

Baines Hut Hut
Baine-iti Hut Hut
John (Jack) Alexander Baines (1901 – 1984) was a tramper in the Ōrongorongo from the 1920s and onwards. Baine-iti was built around about 1930. It replaced a earlier hut. It is a private hut belonging to the Baines family but open to the public.
Baines Hut was a Wellington Tramping and Mountainerring Club (WT&MC) Hut located on the south side of Matthews Stream and removed after being flooded by the stream.

Source – Map, The History Of The Orongorongo Valley And Environs by Joanna Lane–Taylor. Information – Built Heritage Of The Orongorongo Valley by Chris Cochran, Chris Maclean, Allan Sheppard. Time Frame – 1920s.

Baker, Mt High Point
Baker Track Track
John Holland Baker (1841 – 1930) was a surveyor and later commissioner of Crown lands. The track starts from near the mouth of Matai Stream and goes to Mt Baker on the Cattle Ridge.

Source – Map. Information – The History Of The Orongorongo Valley And Environs by Joanna Lane–Taylor. Time Frame – 1900s.

Big Bend Track Track
Geographical term in that there is a big bend in the otherwise straight flowing Ōrongorongo River. The track is also known as the Wet Weather Track. This was named due to the fact that access up or down the Ōrongorongo Valley could be undertaken if the river was in flood. The track starts from near the mouth of the Turere Stream goes to the mouth of the Whakanui Creek.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1900s.

Big Huia Creek Water
A native bird with beautiful black and white tail feathers used by the Māori for decoration. It is now extinct. There is a water intake at the mouth of the creek that is part of the Ōrongorongo water intake scheme.

Source – Map. Information – Wikipedia. Time Frame – 1900s.

Boar Inn Hut Hut
A boar is a tusked Eurasian wild pig from which domestic pigs are descended and inn is a place of accommodation. The hut was built in 1968. It replaced a earlier hut. It was a private hut but it is a DOC hut. It is located on the north side near the mouth of Greens Stream.

Source – Map, Department Of Conservation. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1960s.

Boulder Creek Water'
Boulder Creek, North Water
Geological term in that there is large rocks, typically one that has been worn smooth by erosion.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1900s.

Browns Stream Water
Browns Track Track
There are two contenders for this name. There is a Bob Brown who had a hut in the in the Browns Stream area about 1914 of which very little is known about. A more likely contender is Thomas Watson Brown (1878 – 1947) who was a tramper in the Ōrongorongo Valley in the early 20th century. The track starts from about opposite Greens Stream and goes to the Cattle Ridge Track.

Source – Map. Information – Built Heritage Of The Orongorongo Valley by Chris Cochran, Chris Maclean, Allan Sheppard. Time Frame – 1914.

Cattle Ridge Track Track
Livestock that is domesticated for meat or milk. There used to be wild cattle in the area where the Cattle Ridge Track is. They escaped from farms in the Wainuiomata Valley and entered the Ōrongorongo Valley area. The track starts from near the Ōrongorongo River entrance of the Ōrongorongo Track and goes to Mt Baker.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1900s.

Dicks Hut Hut
Dicks Stream Stream
David Richard (Dick) Wootton (1893 – 1974) was a employee at the Ōrongorongo Station. He supplied fence posts and firewood plus other items to the Ōrongorongo Station. The hut was in existence from the 1920s to the 1960s. It was a private hut owned by the Ōrongorongo Station. It was located on the north side of the mouth of Dicks Stream.

Source – Map. Information – Wainuiomata These Passing Years by J. M. and B. M. Kenneally. Time Frame – 1920s.

Goat Stream Water
The goat is a surefit animal so it is steep and suitable for them.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1900s.

Greens Stream Water
The surrounds of the stream is the colour green.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1930s.

Haurangi Hut Hut
A wind sky. Hau means wind. Rangi means sky. It can also mean drunk, intoxicated. The hut was built in 2010. It replaced a earlier hut. It is a DOC hut. It is located on the south side of the mouth of Whakanui Stream.

Source – Map, Department Of Conservation. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 2010.

Jacobs Ladder Geographic Feature
A Biblical term of ascending or descending a steep path. This is from Genesis Book 28 Line 12 “And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it”. It is also a nautical term used to have ladders between two points.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1900s.

Jaggers Track Track
Arnold Peter Jagger (1926 – 2010) was a tramper in the Ōrongorongo and Remutakas and other areas. He traversed many ridgelines marking tracks with his markers.

Source – Tararua Tramping Club Trip Reports. Information – Tararua Tramping Club Trip Reports. Time Frame – 1960s.

Jans Hut Hut
Jan Gornick nee Klapsia (1923 – 1981) was the owner of the hut before it came under DOC control in 1974. It was built in the 1950s. It was a private hut but it is now a DOC hut. It is located on the north side of the mouth of Browns Stream.

Source – Map, Department Of Conservation. Information – Information – A Chronology of the Tararua and Rimutaka Ranges – 6th Edition by Ross Kerr. Time Frame – 1950s.

Landcare Research Field Station Structure
A Crown Research Institute (CRI) that is to drive innovation in the management of terrestrial biodiversity and land resources. There has been a research facility in this area since the 1951 under various different government organisation such as the Internal Affairs, Forest Service and the Ecology Division of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR). It is located at the end of the 4 wheel drive track that starts from the mouth of the Ōrongorongo River.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Search. Time Frame – 1950s.

Little Huia Creek Water
A native bird with beautiful black and white tail feathers used by the Māori for decoration. It is now extinct. There is a disused water intake at the mouth of the creek that was part of the Ōrongorongo water intake scheme.

Source – Map. Information – Wikipedia. Time Frame – 1900s.

Little Tunnel Tunnel
A small tunnel that is alongside the Ōrongorongo River. It is part of the Ōrongorongo water intake scheme. The length of the unlined tunnel is 103 metres and was built in 1922.

Source – Map, Greater Wellington Regional Council. Information – Internet Search. Time Frame – 1920s.

Macs Hut Hut
Samuel George McIntosh (1895 - 1965) was a tramper in the Ōrongorongo from the 1920s. The hut was built in 1973 and replaced a earlier hut that was built by Sam McIntosh and William Henry Gibbs (1904 – 1996). It was a private hut but it is now a DOC hut. It is located on the south side of the mouth of Turere Stream.

Source – Map, Department Of Conservation. Information – Built Heritage Of The Orongorongo Valley by Chris Cochran, Chris Maclean, Allan Sheppard. Time Frame – 1920s.

Manuka Flats Vegetation
A flowering native tree that has aromatic, prickly leaves and many small, white, pink or red flowers.

Source – Map, Wainuiomata These Passing Years by J. M. and B. M. Kenneally. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1900s.

Matai Stream Water
A tall native tree that has small, narrow leaves arranged in two rows, hammer–marked trunk and pale timber.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1900s.

Matthews Stream Water
Matthews Track, Mt Track
Charles Matthews (1811 – 1892) was a 19th century settler first at Wharepapa and later at Wairongomai in the Wairarapa. It is the highest point in the Remutaka Range at 940 metres. The Māori name for this is not known. The track starts from the mouth of Matthews Stream and goes to Mt Matthews.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Search. Time Frame – 1850s.

McKerrow, Mt High Point
McKerrow Track, Mt Track
James McKerrow (1834 - 1919) was a Surveyor General of New Zealand. The track starts from near the Ōrongorongo River entrance of the Ōrongorongo Track and goes to the intersection of the Whakanui Track and East Whakanui Track.

Source – Map. Information – Wikipedia. Time Frame – 1880s.

Nettle Stream Water
A herbaceous plant which has jagged leaves covered with stinging hairs.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1900s.

Oaks Hut Hut
George James Oaks (1926 – ?) was the owner of the hut before it came under DOC control in 1985. The hut was in existence from 1968 to 2011. It was a private hut but became a DOC hut. It was located on the north side of the mouth of Browns Stream.

Source – Department Of Conservation. Information – A Chronology of the Tararua and Rimutaka Ranges – 6th Edition by Ross Kerr. Time Frame – 1960s.

Ōrongoronga Personal Name
Ōrongorongo Personal Name
Ōrongorongo Lodge / Station House / Farm
Ōrongorongo River Water
Ōrongorongo Track Track
Ōrongorongo Tunnel Tunnel
It is a shortened version of Te Wai O Rongorongo. The waters of Rongorongo. Te means the. 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 area at the mouth of the river was Maori land and was associated with Te Tatau o te Po Marae, who are the successor of Pito-one Pa.

The Ōrongorongo River was also known as Riddifords Creek. The Ōrongorongo Lodge / Station has also been known as Riddifords Station.

The Ōrongorongo Track starts from the mouth of Turere Stream and goes to the Catchpool Valley Carpark. The Ōrongorongo Track has its origins in that it was also a Maori Track.

The length of the partly lined Ōrongorongo tunnel is 3.2 kilometres and was built between 1921 and 1926. The tunnel is also known as Semples Tunnel.

Source – Map. Information – Built Heritage Of The Orongorongo Valley by Chris Cochran, Chris Maclean, Allan Sheppard, Wikipedia. Time Frame – 1800s.

Pack Track Track
A track that was cut so that supplies could be tracked in to build the Ōrongorongo water intake scheme. The track started from the Little Huia Creek in the OŌrongorongo River Valley area and then went over the range to George Stream in Reservoir Valley, Wainuiomata. The track is also known as Semples Track.

Source – Map. Information – Our Water History On Tap by John Morrison. Time Frame – 1920s.

Paptahi High Point
Papatahi Crossing Track
Papatahi Hut Hut
A flat area. Papa means flat. Tahi means area. Papatahi Crossing starts from the mouth of the North Boulder Creek and Boulder Creek and goes to about 3184 Western Lake Road, Wairarapa. Papatahi Hut was built in 2010. It replaced a earlier hut called Shamrock which was a private hut. It is a DOC hut. It is located on the north side of the mouth of Whakanui Stream.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1960s.

Parks, Mt High Point
The origin of this name is not known. It is located in the vicinity of Mt Grace.

Source – Map. Information – ??. Time Frame – 1882.

Paua Ridge Ridge
A paua is a edible shell fish. There is a hut in the area called Paua which was built by the employees of the Shell Oil organisation in the 1930s. It was named after a company barge.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1930s.

Peak Stream Water
Geographical term in that it is a pointed top.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1882.

Puketaha Creek Water
Puketaha, Mt High Point
A hill side. Puke means hill. Taha means side.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Place Names Dictionary. Time Frame – 1880s.

Raukawa Hut Hut
The leaves of the kawakawa. It is a small native tree or shrub with medicinal properties. Such leaves were worn by chiefs in mourning, and gave their name to the Raukawa tribe. Te Moana o Raukawa is one of the Maori names for Cook Strait. The raukawa is also an aromatic plant. The hut was built in 1978. It is a DOC hut. It is located on the south side of the mouth of Browns Stream.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1978.

Red Rocks Stream Water
Geological term in that the rocks are the colour of red argillite which is a sedimentary rock that does not split easily, and is formed from consolidated clay.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1900s.

Remutaka Range Ridge
Edge of his cape touching the ground on that spot. Remu means edge. Taka means ground. Also a noted iwi ancestor Haunui–a–Nanaia of the Kurahaupo people was resting or sitting on the pass, while looking over Wairarapa when he first saw these ranges. It was named as part of his journey of discovery across the southern North Island. In 2017 the name changed from Rimutaka to Remutaka.

Source – Map. Information – Maori Place Names Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Richmond, Mt High Point
The origin of the name is unknown. However it could have been named for the following Richmond as stated in Valley And Bays – Origins Of Street Names in Lower Hutt, including Eastbourne, Petone and Wainuiomata by Alison Carey. It is near Mt McKerrow and is thought to have been an original name for the high point.

Source – Map. Information – ?? Time Frame – 1882.

Riddifords Creek Water
Daniel Riddiford (1814 – 1875) was a 19th century settler at the mouth of the Ōrongorongo River. He was also an emigration agent for the New Zealand company. It is now known as the Ōrongorongo River.

Source – Map. Information – Land Barons of Wainuiomata by Gavin Wallace. Time Frame – 1840s.

Ryans Creek Water
Daniel Frank Ryan (1883 – 1935) was a employee of the Wellington Water Board who at one time lived in the house at the Ōrongorongo River water intake. He was the first caretaker when the Ōrongorongo water intake scheme was finished in 1926. His wife Florence Jane Ryan nee Soan (1887 – 1972) had issues over the isolation of the area.

Source – Our Water History On Tap by John Morrison. Information – Our Water History On Tap by John Morrison. Time Frame – 1920s.

Saddle - North and South Geographic Feature
Geographical term in that there is a low point on a ridge between two points.

Source – Map - North Saddle and Map - South Saddle. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1900s.

Semples Track Track
Semples Tunnel Tunnel
Robert Semple (1873 – 1955) was the manager of the cooperative labour scheme that built the Ōrongorongo water intake scheme, and the water supply tunnel from Wainuiomata to the Ōongorongos in the 1920s. He was also a labour unionist and a member of parliament. The track started from the Little Huia Creek in the Ōrongorongo River Valley area and then went over the range to George Stream in Reservoir Valley, Wainuiomata. The track is also known as the Pack Track. The length of the partly lined tunnel is 3.2 kilometres and was built between 1921 and 1926. The tunnel is also known as the Ōrongorongo Tunnel.

Source – Map, Our Water History On Tap by John Morrison. Information – Internet Search, Wikipedia. Time Frame – 1920s.

Sledge Track Track
Where wooden sledges, pulled by bollocks were used to transport materials to the Radar Station that was in the Mt Waimarara area. The track starts from just south of the Ōrongorongo Station and goes to Mt Waimarara.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1940s.

Telephone Creek Water
A telephone is a telecommunications device the permits two or more users to communicate. It was named after the telephone that was put through to connect the Ōrongorongo and Wainuiomata Valleys where the Ōrongorongo water intake exists. There is a disused water intake at the mouth of the creek that was part of the Ōrongorongo water intake scheme.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1920s.

Te Papanui A Henga Settlement
The big large flat land of food. Te means the. Papa means flat area. Nui means large. A means of. Henga means food. It was also the site of a Māori fishing place at the mouth of the Ōrongorongo River area. It is located in what is now the Ōrongorongo Lodge / Station side of the river. It was abandoned by the 1850s. The area was Maori land and was associated with Te Tatau o te Po Marae, who are the successor of Pito–one Pa.

Source – Map, The Great Harbour Of Tara by G. Leslie Adkin. Information – The Great Harbour Of Tara by G. Leslie Adkin. Time Frame – 1800s.

Turere Lodge Hut
Turere Stream Water
To steal away, flee. The bridge over the stream was built in 1990 and is dedicated to the people who have died in the Ōrongorongo. The hut was built in 2011. It replaced a earlier hut called Bure Labasa which was a private hut. It is a DOC hut. It is located on the north side of the mouth of Turere Stream just past Big Bend.

Source – Department Of Conservation. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1880s.

Waengapu, Mt High Point
The middle, central, among, midst, amid, between, the intervening space.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Waerenga Hut Hut
A clearing, that is an area of land within a wood or forest devoid of trees. It was named by James Cowan (1870 – 1943) who was a Tararua Tramping Club member in the 1930s. The hut built in 1961. It replaced a earlier hut. It is a private hut owned by the Tararua Tramping Club. It is located on the south side of the mouth of Browns Stream.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary, TTC website. Time Frame – 1920s.

Wai Whare Hut
Hut by the waters. Wai means water. Whare meaning hut. The hut was built in 1954. It replaced a earlier hut. It was a private hut but it is now a DOC hut. It is located between the mouth of Browns and Greens Stream.

Source – Map, Department Of Conservation. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1920s.

Waimarara Stream Water
Moon over shinning water. Wai means water. Marama means moon, light or enlighten. This is an official version. The origins of the word are disputed and other commonly accepted translations are moon over shinning water; clear water; name given to a fresh water spring; and the sight of the full moon rising from the sea on a clear summer’s evening. Topographical maps prior to the 1990s had Waimarara Stream on the west side, that is the Wellington side of Mt Waimarara. After 1990 Waimarara Stream was on the east side, that is the Wairarapa side of Mt Waimarara.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Place Names Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Whakanui Creek Water
Whakanui Track Track
Whakanui Track (East) Track
Towards in the direction where there is big decision to be made. That is should you go up the hill over the ranges or continue up the valley. Whaka means towards in the direction. Nui means big. The Whakanui Track has its origins in that it was also a Maori Track. The Whakanui Track starts from the mouth of the Whakanui Creek and goes to Sunny Grove or the Hine Road Recreation Reserve in Wainuiomata. Prior to 1982 at the top the range between the Ōrongorongo and Wainuiomata Valleys, the track went down a ridge to Nikau Creek and came out at the Hine Road Recreation Reserve. The Whakanui East Track starts from the mouth of Whakanui Creek and goes on eastern northern ridge where it meets the Whakanui Track on the range between the Ōrongorongo and Wainuiomata Valleys.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Place Names Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Wootton Stream Water
David Richard (Dick) Wootton (1893 – 1974) was a employee at the Ōrongorongo Station.

Source – Map. Information – Wainuiomata These Passing Years by J. M. and B. M. Kenneally. Time Frame – 1920s.

Bibliography

Maps

  • A Guide To Rimutaka And Haurangi State Forest Parks 274/4 Edition 1 1984.
  • Hutt N160 1943.
  • Hutt N160 3rd Edition 1965.
  • Hutt N160 4th Edition 1977.
  • Lake Wairarapa BQ33 Edition 1 2015.
  • Lake Wairarapa S27 Edition 1 1980.
  • Lower Hutt BQ32 Edition 1.09 2019.
  • Onoke N165 1st Edition 1953.
  • Onoke N165 3rd Edition 1973.
  • Park Map Rimutaka And Haurangi 274–02 Edition 2 1989.
  • Rimutaka N161 2nd Edition 1968.
  • Rimutaka N161 3rd Edition 1974.
  • Turakirae R28 Edition 1 1978.
  • Wellington BQ31 Edition 2 2016.
  • Wellington N164 2nd Edition 1962.
  • Wellington N164 3rd Edition 1967.
  • Wellington N164 4th Edition 1974.
  • Wellington R27 1st Edition 1979.
  • Wellington R27 and part Q27 2nd Edition 1983.
  • Wellington R27, R28 and part Q27 2006.
  • Wellington R27, R28 and part Q27 3rd Edition 1996.

Surveyor Field Books from Land Information New Zealand.

Other Sources

Birth and Deaths dates have been obtained from:

  • Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes from New Zealand, England and Ireland.
  • Other genealogy sources such as Ancestry and Find My Past.
Other:
  • Department of Conservation (DOC) website.
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council website.
  • Internet Dictionary.
  • Internet Searches.
  • Maps Past New Zealand website.
  • New Zealand Electoral Rolls from the 1860s to present.
  • Papers Past Website.
  • Tararua Tramping Club Trip reports and website.
  • Wikipedia.

Books

  • Adkin, G. Leslie. The Great Harbour of Tara.
  • Barnett, Shaun and Maclean, Chris. Leading the Way: 100 Years of the Tararua Tramping Club.
  • Barnett, Shaun and Maclean, Chris. Tramping - A New Zealand History.
  • Best, Elsdon. The land of Tara and they who settled it.
  • Carey, Alison. Valley And Bays – Origins of Street Names in Lower Hutt, including Eastbourne, Petone and Wainuiomata.
  • Cochran, Chris and Maclean, Chris and Sheppard, Allan. Built Heritage of the Orongorongo Valley.
  • Foley, Kristen. Wellington Rock – A Guide for Climbers.
  • Greig, B. D. A. Tararua Story – Tararua Tramping Club.
  • Kenneally, J. M. and B. M. Wainuiomata These Passing Years.
  • Kerr, Ross. A Chronology of the Tararua and Rimutaka Ranges – 6th Edition.
  • Lane-Taylor, Joanne. The History of the Orongorongo Valley and Environs.
  • Maclean, Chris. Tararua – The Story of a Mountain Range.
  • Morrison, John. Our Water History on Tap.
  • Morrison, Sally. History of Water Supply in the Wellington Region 1872 - 1985.
  • Raukara Consultants. Orua–Poua–Nui – Baring Head Cultural Values Report.
  • Reed, A.W. A Dictionary of Maori Place Names.
  • Sewell, Bill. A Guide to Rimutaka Forest Park.
  • Wallace, Gavin. The Land Barons of Wainuiomata.
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