Paikea is the son of Taneuarangi and Romaitahanui.

Through his father's line he held descent from Toi te Huatahi while through his mother's line he held descent from Tawhaki.

The sister of Romaitahanui was Paimahutanga whom was the wife of Uenuku Whakarongo and mother of Ruatapu.

Paikea and Ruatapu were first cousins.

One day Uenuku Whakarongo decided to build a Waka.

A tall tree was felled, and for a long time his men worked at hollowing and smoothing and carving it.

When it was finished it was painted red and hung with strings of feathers.

Then Uenuku brought together all his sons, so that their hair might be combed and oiled then tied into top-knots.

This was so that they would look well when they sailed for the first time in the great Waka.

Uenuku himself combed and oiled and tied their hair, for this was tapu, a sacred thing.

When all but Ruatapu were ready, Ruatapu said to his father, "Are you not going to comb my hair as well?"

But his father said, "Where could I find a comb for your hair?”

“These combs are sacred; they cannot be used on the hair of people of no importance."

Then Ruatapu said, "But indeed, I thought I was your son."

His father said to him, "Yes, you are my son; but your mother is only a slave woman, so you are not a chief like your brothers.”

“I cannot comb your hair."

Then Ruatapu was very ashamed, and ran away and planned to revenge himself.

He ate no food that night, but went down to the Waka and cut a hole in its bottom.

Then he filled the hole in again with chips of wood.

In the morning the sons of Uenuku launched the Waka for the first time.

Ruatapu, Kahutiaterangi and Paikea went with them.

The Waka was a beautiful sight, with its feathers and tall carvings, and it went very fast over the waves.

They paddled a long way out to sea, and Ruatapu kept his heel over the hole so it would not be seen.

When they were out of sight of land, Ruatapu pushed away the chips from the hole and water rushed into the Waka.

“Where is the bailer?" his brothers shouted.

"Quickly, bail out the water, or we are lost!"

But Ruatapu had hidden the bailer, and the Waka filled with water and sank.

Then Ruatapu had his revenge, for all his brothers were drowned, excepting Paikea.

Ruatapu swam after Paikea, but he could not catch him.

Then Ruatapu said to Paikea, "Which one of us will carry back this news to land?"

"It is i who will do so," Paikea said.

“I will not drown; I am descended from Ta'aroa, the god of the sea, and he will help me.”

Ta'aroa heard Paikea, and sent a whale to take him to land.

So Paikea escaped from Ruatapu with the aid of the whale.

Then Ruatapu recited a magic incantation, and sent five great waves rolling across the ocean after Paikea.

But Paikea was too far away, and he came to land just before the waves reached him.

The waves hit the shore and bounced off again, and went back across the ocean.

They rushed over Ruatapu, who was still in the sea, and Ruatapu was drowned through his own deeds.

This event became known as the battle of Te Huripureiata.

Not long after this event, Paikea left his homelands and came on to Aotearoa in his waka Tohoraa, landing at Ahuahu.

He stayed at Ahuahu and lay with Hau Whakatuuria whom bore him Rongomaituahu.

After the birth of his son Paikea set forth in search of his kin which had left Tahiti onboard Horouta and made Aotearoa.

He eventually arrived at Whakatane and lay with Hineakiritai whom bore him Marupapanui.

Latter at Ohiwa he had a child named Muriwhakaputa by Manawatini.

Paikea next arrived at Te Araroa and gave the name Kawakawamaitawhiti to a Pohutukawa tree beside the Awatere river.

On the other side of the Awatere river, he found the patch of black sand named Te One a Te Komaitawhiti and knew Horouta had passed this way.

Halfway along Te Kautuku Coast, Rangitukia, between the East Cape and the mouth of the Waiapu river, are the twin peaks Ngapuketurua, where Paikea met Huturangi.

While exploring the local terrain he came upon Huturangi bathing in a small hilltop lake called Roto Kautuku.

In fright Huturangi picked up her clothes and hurried back to her village, with Paikea in pursuit.

The village was deserted and Paikea asked, “Kai whea anake te tangata?"

To which Huturangi replied, “Ee, kai Ngaa puke tuurua, kai te whakatakoto i te kuumara maa tama."

Paikea immediately knew that the prodigal son she spoke of was himself.

With that, the young woman led Paikea to Ngaa Puke Tuurua where her people had gathered awaiting his arrival.

Thereupon Paikea performed the karakia of the maarere kuumara and thereafter stayed amongst the people of Te Kautuku.

In time he lay with Huturangi, the daughter of Te Whironui and Araiara of the Nukutere waka.

He soon managed to persuaded the family to join him on his search to find his kin from the Horouta voyage.

It was not until he got to Anaura Bay did Paikea name any prominent features of the landscape.

At Te Kopuni, the dog of Wharekura ran into the bush, and the name Wharekaka was given to that place.

On reaching Pukehore near Rototahi, Puatai, Whironui and Araiara asked to settle there and Paikea agreed building them a whare named Tatau o Rangiriri, which he set in an enclosure.

A large supply of puriri firewood was gathered, and eel which had been brought from Ngapuketurua in calabashes, were released into the Rongotahi swamp.

After setting Whironui and Araiara in good stead, Paikia and Huturangi continued on their journey.

The following places were named by Paikea:






Te Waipaepae.

Te Ahirakiraki.

Te Ariraraihe.



Te Waruhenga a Hine.


The Journey ended in a bay which he called Whangara Mai Tawhiti because it reminded him of his homelands in Raiaatea.

Here the settlement of Te Renanga was established and Paikea named the first Pa Tahatuoterangi.

Paikea presided over the house Whitireia on the Island called Te Ana o Paikea.

When his son Rongomaituahu arrived at his father's home in the Tereaniani –nukutere- waka, he also chose the island for his home.

At Turanganui, Irakaiputahi heard his cousin Paikea was at Whangara and went and established the first Wharemaire there.

It was named Wahakino, and stood on the mainland opposite the island.

There was much dissention between Ira, Paikea and Rongomaituahu so eventually Ira moved to the mouth of the Pakarae river, where he presided in a house called Te Wharau in memory of his Turanganui house.

Ira shifted again to Te Raroa on the present Paremata Block, and finally set up the Nukuteauria Waananga near the mouth fo the Uawa river.

Irakaiputahi was succeeded by Te Wharepatari. 

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