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Māhuhu-ki-te-rangi landing places

Māhuhu-ki-te-rangi landing places

Māhuhu-ki-te-rangi is the most important canoe for the Ngāti Whātua people. According to their traditions the canoe landed on the East Coast and its crew explored Whangaroa, Tākou and Whangaruru. They sailed further south and then returned to Pārengarenga before sailing down the west coast. There, according to Te Roroa people, the canoe landed at Kawerua. Others say that it landed on Tāporapora Island at Kaipara Heads, before heading back north to Rangaunu Harbour. All these places are marked on this map.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Canoe traditions - Canoes of the northern tide', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 June 2022)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005