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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