Story: Ngāti Ruanui
Ngāti Ruanui’s early identity was forged in battle. The tribe’s ancestor, Turi, left the Pacific island of Rangiātea to escape a blood feud. With his people, he endured many trials at sea before arriving and settling in south Taranaki. Generations later, the people of Ngāti Ruanui were besieged by warring tribes, as well as by British soldiers in the wars of the 1860s.