Story: Te Ao-kapurangi

One of the poupou (posts) from the Tama-te-kapua meeting house on Mokoia Island

One of the poupou (posts) from the Tama-te-kapua meeting house on Mokoia Island

When Hongi Hika decreed that a Nga Puhi raiding party would spare only those of Te Arawa who passed between Te Ao-kapurangi's thighs, she stood astride the ridgepole of the meeting house on Mokoia Island while her relatives crowded into the house to take refuge.

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How to cite this page:

Angela Ballara. 'Te Ao-kapurangi', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 1990. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1t25/te-ao-kapurangi (accessed 8 December 2019)