Story: Ngāi Tūhoe

Toikairākau meeting house

Toikairākau meeting house

Toikairākau (also known as Toitehuatahi) was the principal ancestor for many tribes throughout the Urewera and surrounding regions. Many tribes that lived in the region before the arrival of the Mataatua canoe (such as Te Mārangaranga, Te Tini o Tuoi and Ngāi Tūranga) belong to Te Tini o Toi, the collective name for the tribes who are descended from Toi. This ancestral meeting house, Toikairākau, is situated on the Waikirikiri marae at Rūātoki in the northern Urewera.

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Rangi McGarvey, 'Ngāi Tūhoe - The first peoples', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 July 2024)

Story by Rangi McGarvey, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017