Story: Muriwhenua tribes

Whāngāpē Harbour

Whāngāpē Harbour

A tribe known as Ngāti Ruānui lived on Whāngāpē Harbour. One night, when under siege, they escaped from their at Pawarenga across the harbour by burning their possessions and creating smoke. From then on they were known as Te Aupōuri – from au (current) and pōuri (smoke).

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Muriwhenua tribes - Te Aupōuri and Te Rarawa', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 April 2024)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017