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Toi’s pā, Kaputerangi

Toi’s pā, Kaputerangi

Overlooking Whakatāne, Toi's , Kaputerangi, is one of the oldest known pā sites in New Zealand. The pā site is the small patch of grass surrounded by bush in the centre of this view. Although Toi appears in many North Island traditions, there is considerable variation among them. Some have Toi living in New Zealand, others place him in Hawaiki. His descendants are known by the names Te Tini o Toi (the multitude of Toi) and Te Tini o Awa. The people of Te Mārangaranga, Te Tini o Taunga and Ngāi Tūranga are found in the eastern, western and central parts of the North Island.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'First peoples in Māori tradition - Toitehuatahi', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 March 2023)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 8 Feb 2005