Puuraakau Niwareka,
Ko Hapopo me Paoa

Rangiroa and Takireia, while living quietly in their home, heard of the fame of Niwareka, the daughter of Hapopo. Then they selected a hundred and seventy men of their tribe, and went to the home of Hapopo, and, having found Niwareka there almost alone, one of the party asked, while all the others were silent, "Where are the people?” She answered, “They are yonder, out on the plain." He asked, “What are they doing?” She answered, “They are chanting songs and offering sacrifice to Ra." He asked, “For what purpose?” She answered, “To suppress the ill feeling of the people, and to give quiet to the land." He asked, "Which is the way thither?" She said, " It is that leading by the Huatu that is the road."

The party proceeded on this road, when a messenger came to inform them that on the following day the Ra or shade of Hapopo would be put up. All the hundred and seventy agreed to assist in erecting the shade of Hapopo. When it was finished all the people gazed at it with wonder and delight. The shade was taken down again, but in lowering it fell on the people of Rangiroa and Takireia, and killed all except Rangiroa and Takireia, who ran to the home of Paoa.

He asked them, “What has been done?” They answered, “Nothing is left." Paoa said, “In my sleep I dreamt I heard a voice saying, ' It is an oven like this, an oven like that, and a heaped-up oven.' "Now, when the people of Hapopo found that two had escaped destruction, they pursued them; but Paoa caused a great wind to rise, and the pursuers had to return without capturing them. Paoa now called to the two and said, “Up and make ready for battle." They answered “Yes; but what can the escaped do?” Paoa replied, “Charge back on your enemies." But the remembrance of their late severe loss and narrow escape deprived them of all courage and heart to act.

So they performed all the rites and ceremonies which were required to be performed by those who escape a calamity, with chants and with offerings of blood to the gods ; and on the following day, in battle costume, they went to perform the final ceremony by killing a bird and offering it to the gods; then, returning to the settlement, they performed the ceremonies of absolution and offered sea-weed to the gods ; then they danced and sang, and came to the front of Mua, where they again chanted the sacred chants to the gods ; then by friction they made a fire, and roasted the bird they had before presented, and ate it.

They slept before Mua, and on the following day they again presented sea-weed to the gods ; but, as satisfaction had not yet been obtained for the death of the people, messengers were sent to Tukenui, Tukepe, Tukerora, Uhumaneanea, Uaua, Tete, Whakana, and Mahara, to come and lay siege to the house of Hapopo. These people quickly assembled; but before they went up to the attack they sent out spies, who heard the god of Hapopo exclaiming “O medium! It is death to them. I say, O medium! When the rays of first dawn stream up, the rope will have caught round the neck, O medium!"

Whatuatihi was one of the spies sent, and he took some fern-root and waved it towards the oracle as an offering to propitiate him. In answer to this act the god spoke kindly and said, “Why should action be taken? What good would result? We are now at peace, O medium! Good could not come from further hostility." When the rays of day burst through the darkness of the east, the war-party of Takireia and Rangiroa had surrounded the house of Hapopo, and in the fight which ensued Hapopo was killed ; but as he was dying he was heard to utter, " O idiot god ! You left death for Hapopo." All his people were killed, save a few who escaped and fled to the home of Tutoko and Rauriki. But the army of Rangiroa and Takireia continued to storm fort after fort. They took Maikukuoterangi and Raekumea, which the sons of Rangiroa burnt. Then they attacked and took Temiki, and Uruterangi, and Takutaioterangi. All these were taken by Rangiroa and his sons. Then Tepari and Teawe were stormed and taken: Matuautere and Tekaiwhakapono were killed at this time.

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