The descendants of Kahungunu and his fourth wife, Rongomaiwahine, populated Wairoa, Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa, making up the three strands of the iwi. Rongomaiwahine was an illustrious figure in her own right, and the people of Māhia Peninsula identify as Ngāti Rongomaiwahine rather than Ngāti Kahungunu. She is the central figure depicted in the lintel above the entrance to the Kahungunu ki Nūhaka marae.
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