Story: Ngāti Kahungunu

Saddlebacks, by John Gerrard Keulemans

Saddlebacks, by John Gerrard Keulemans

Tīeke (saddlebacks) were a delicacy which Kahungunu caught for his wife, Ruareretai, when she was pregnant. When their daughter was born, she was named Ruahereheretīeke (saddlebacks taken in a bunch from their nest).

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Mere Whaanga, 'Ngāti Kahungunu - Kahungunu the man', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2022)

Story by Mere Whaanga, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 3 Mar 2017