Story: Canoe traditions

Hokianga Harbour entrance

Hokianga Harbour entrance

Ruanui, captain of the Māmari canoe, and Nukutawhiti of the Ngātokimatawhaorua arrived together at the Hokianga. They both built houses of learning, but Ruanui began consecrating his before Nukutawhiti. A battle ensued between the priests of the two canoes, who chanted incantations against each other until Ruanui’s prayers ran out. This is commemorated in the name Hokianga-whakapau-karakaia (Hokianga where incantations were exhausted).

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Canoe traditions - Canoes of the northern tide', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2022)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005