Ngāti Whātua share a common ancestor, called Tuputupuwhenua by northern tribes and Tumutumuwhenua by southern tribes. Tuputupuwhenua’s descendants are said to have been the earliest occupants of Waipoua Forest, which today holds 75% of New Zealand’s remaining kauri trees. The largest tree – indeed the largest in the country – is Tāne Mahuta.
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