Irihia

The names of the people from Irihia have been preserved.

They are:

1. Ngati Kopeka.

2. Ngati Kaupeka.

3. Ngati Uenga Rehu.

4. Ngati Parauri.

5. Ngati Kiwakiwa.

It was from Irihia that the tribes and peoples separated off to the islands of the Pacific Ocean.

Hawaiki Nui is in that land of Irihia, that is Tawhiti Pamaamao.

It was a populous place and therein was situated Whare Kura, the house of Rongomaraeroa.

There was one of the settlements in Irihia named Kura Nui, which was where Ngana te Ariki lived, who married Tangiteruru and they had the following children:

1. Atia Nui Ariki.

2. Tipua Hawaiki.

3. Kahukura Rongomai.

4. Kopu Tauaki.

5. Pukupuku.

Now, their principal home was at Kura Nui, of Irihia, of Tawhiti Pamaamao at Te Honoiwairua.

Ngana te Ariki was an ariki, whose own homelands were named Uru, which was a long way outside Irihia.

One day a large party came from Uru to Irihia, and dwelt at Kura Nui, and there Ngana te Ariki married the female ariki of Kura Nui named Tangiteruru.

Ngana te Ariki dwelt there at Kura Nui peacefully, until a quarrel arose ending in fighting between Kopu Tauaki, his fourth son, and Atia Nui Ariki his first born.

This led to the death of Ngana te Ariki together with fifty of the minor ariki under him.

The name of Hui te Rangiora was given to this war.

Before the death of Ngana te Ariki four of his children had been born whilst one was yet unborn of the mother, Tangiteruru.

After the death of Ngana te Ariki by the Turehu people of Irihia, Tangiteruru was taken to wife by the younger brother of Ngana te Ariki, and by him she had two other children:

1.Pukupuku.

2. Te Rangi Taku Ariki.

These were all of the descendants of Tangiteharuru.

Atia Nui Ariki married a high chieftainess from another branch of the people of Uru whose name was Ania.

They had the following children:

1. Hui te Rangiora.

2. Tu te Rangi Atea.

3. Whenua Haere.

In the times of Hui te Rangiora, the wars became very obstinate.

A large Waka was consequently built named Tuahiwi o Atea.

It is said that there were seven Waka that the people migrated in on their course to the east.

They arrived at and landed on Tawhiti Roa, with their seven Waka.

The following are the names of some of the Waka:

Tuahiwi o Atea.

Te Karearea.

Uru Kura Nui.

Te Moana Taupuru.

Two of the names of the Waka are not now known.

They were all built up and sewn Waka, with top sides.

Tangiteruru, her children and grandchildren, all came away with that migration, together with a large proportion of her people.

The reason for this migration was the wars in which her husband Ngana te Ariki had been killed and in which their party had suffered defeat at the hands of her son, Koputauaki, and his party.

This migration gave rise to the saying: The rainbow spans the heavens, whilst Hui te Rangiora speeds over the ocean.

The people of all the Waka that came away from Tawhiti Pamaamao and Te Honoiwairua, that is, from Irihia, on arrival at Tawhiti Roa, their affection and regrets were directed to the land from which they originated, and in consequence of this fact they named the first land they came to Tawhiti Roa in remembrance of their old home.

And again afterwards, when they abandoned that part where they first landed and came away to another island, they named it Tawhiti Nui for the same reason, and so it continued; as they reached other places, or other islands, they still continued to lament Tawhiti Pamaamao and Tawhiti Roa. 


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