Story: Canoe traditions

Kaipara Heads

Kaipara Heads

Te Uri-o-Hau and Te Taoū of Ngāti Whātua claim that the Māhuhu-ki-te-rangi canoe landed at the Kaipara Heads on Tāporapora Island. Rongomai, the captain, was subsequently drowned in a fishing accident and his body beaten by waves on rocks. The area became known as Te Ākitanga-o-Rongomai – the beating of Rongomai.

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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