Story: Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration

Tamatea's journeys

Tamatea's journeys

This map shows some of the places that Tamatea was said to have explored. Northland traditions say that Tamatea explored the Kaipara and Hokianga harbours before settling at Awanui and Kaitāia on Rangaunu Harbour. According to Tauranga traditions, Tamatea explored their region. On Maunga Tawa he built a , planted flax and left his son Ranginui, who became the ancestor of Ngāti Ranginui. Ngāti Whitikaupeka, Ngāti Hauiti and Ngāti Apa tell how Tamatea went inland to Waiōuru and Taihape, where he stocked the Moawhango River with freshwater kōura (crayfish).

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration - The East Coast', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2023)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Sep 2007