Ngāti Kuia, Rangitāne o Wairau and Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō
are the three tribes in Te Tau Ihu who trace their descent
from the Kurahaupō canoe. They supplied these
stories about their history and traditions.
Ngāti Kuia’s founding ancestor Matua Hautere came to Te Waipounamu in his waka Te Hoiere.
Led by the chief Te Huataki, Rangitāne people migrated south from the Wairarapa and settled in the Wairau area.
Named for their journey towards the setting sun, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō migrated from the North Island to settle around Te Tau Ihu.