Story: Papatūānuku – the land

Rangitoto Island

Rangitoto Island

Many place names come from stories of tribal ancestors. Rangitoto Island’s full name is Te Rangi-i-totongia-ai-te-ihu-o-Tamatekapua (the day that Tamatekapua had a bloody nose). It was named after a fight between Tamatekapua, captain of the Te Arawa voyaging canoe, and the Tainui canoe captain, Hoturoa.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Papatūānuku – the land - Stories of people and land', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 March 2023)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007