Iwipupu was the third wife of Tamatea. During the time she cohabited with him, on one occasion Tamatea heard his wife sighing; he asked her, “What are you sighing about?” Iwipupu replied, “You constantly appear to me in a vision”. And so it occurred for many nights; until on a certain occasion Tamatea departed for one of his other villages, where he remained for the night. Iwipupu stayed in their house named Tonganui, where she occupied herself in weaving garments.
After a time she looked out on to the marae of the village, where she imagined she saw Tamatea, who, instead of entering the door of the house, did so by the window, and demanded that she should accord him her favours. After this was accomplished, he returned by way of the window, and proceeding some way she saw him ascending to the heavens. Before he departed he had said to Iwipupu, “If a female child is born unto you, let it be called Uenukutiti; but if a male, call it Uenukurangi.”
Iwipupu replied to this, “Evidently you are about to abandon me, judging by the nature of your farewell!” He replied not, but passed on by way of the window of Tonganui. When Tamatea returned home on the next day, Iwipupu asked him, “Did you not come back here yesterday?” Tamatea replied, “Not so! I have only just now returned.” Iwipupu said, “It was thy very self that I saw; but it must be Uenukurangi the god that has appeared to me in my visions”—and then she told Tamatea of the farewell of Uenukurangi to her. Tamatea said,“It is well! Now I know who thy lover is …….”
He then took his calabash of scented oil from the back of the house where it was suspended and conveyed it to the turuma and there smashed it, for that was the resting place of Uenukurangi in that calabash. After some time Iwipupu gave birth to a child; it was in appearance a woman and yet not quite like mankind. Tamatea carried off the child to the tuaahu where his hair was cut, and after a time he went to take it to the grave; but it had disappeared. Looking up he saw Uenekurangi out at sea with Hinekorako, and then he knew that the child had been taken away by the former god. After this Iwipupu again bore a child, a male.
When the period arrived, the child was taken to the tuaahu at Titirangi, to be purified, and then to the sacred water to be baptized and receive its name. The sacred oven for Kahungunu was preparing, when it was seen that Uenukurangi the god, and Hinekorako the goddess, were standing by the side of the ocean. The priests and the people deceived themselves into thinking that their operations had brought the gods. Then Uenukurangi, and Hinekorako approached the altar, and there was seen with them a young girl who was quite unknown to all the people.
The girl went straight to the window of the house Tonganui, where Ihuparapara and Iwipupu were seen sitting in the house. They welcomed her, asking her to come inside. She did so, but entered by the window, and went directly and sat down on the sleeping place of Tamatea. Ihuparapara was angry at this and said, “What do you mean by entering the house through the window and then desecrating the sleeping place of Tamatea? Why did you not enter by the door? By whom art thou?” The girl replied, “I am by Iwipupu and Uenukurangi.”
Iwipupu asked, “Is it thou indeed?” The girl replied, “Of course!” The mother then asked, “Where hast thou been all this time?” “I have been outside on the rolling waves of Lady Ocean, on the deep sea with my ancestors who have nourished me. I have now been sent by them to visit you two and my two brothers, the elder of whom should be called Ranginui, to mark my arrival whilst the child of thy fellow wife shall be called Matangirei.” Ranginui was the eldest son of Tamatea and Iwipupu, Kahungunu being the second. We shall come across both these young chiefs in the course of this narrative.] On this Ihuparapara went outside to call Tamatea. When he arrived Ihuparapara said to him, “There is a child lying on your sleeping place, who says she is the child of Iwipupu and Uenukurangi.” Then Tamatea asked the girl, “O Lady! Who art thou?” and she replied to him, “I am the child of Iwipupu and Uenukurangi!