Story: Te Āti Awa of Wellington

Tamarau (2nd of 2)

Tamarau

This is a painting of Tamarau, a spirit ancestor who had a liaison with Rongoueroa. Their child was Awanuiarangi, from whom Te Āti Awa of Wellington take their name. One story says that Tamarau and Rongoueroa met by a stream, and that Tamarau asked that their child be named Awanuiarangi after the stream (awa) to which he descended from heaven (rangi).

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How to cite this page:

Morris Love, 'Te Āti Awa of Wellington - Identity', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/3766/tamarau (accessed 3 December 2021)

Story by Morris Love, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017