Story: Ngāti Maniapoto

Hoturoa and the Tainui canoe (1st of 3)

Hoturoa and the Tainui canoe

Ko Tainui te waka; Ko Hoturoa te tangata! (Tainui is the canoe; Hoturoa is the man!) As this proverb implies, Hoturoa was the commander of the Tainui canoe and the ancestor of the Tainui people. They include Ngāti Maniapoto as well as the tribes of Waikato, Hauraki and Ngāti Raukawa. In this post at the Ōtāwhao marae Hoturoa is shown hauling in the anchor of his canoe.

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Tūhuatahi Tui Adams and Paul Meredith, 'Ngāti Maniapoto - Lineage, lands and settlements', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by Tūhuatahi Tui Adams and Paul Meredith, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017