Story: Whakapapa – genealogy

Whakapapa recitation

Te Miringa Hohaia recites a genealogy sequence which begins with Te Pō, down to Rua Taranaki and Rauhoto-tapairu, and then Tahurangi. Rua Taranaki was the first ancestor of the Taranaki tribe, and Mt Taranaki, previously known as Pukeonaki, was named for him by Tahurangi, who climbed the mountain and bestowed the name. The rock Te Toka a Rauhoto, which originally guided Mt Taranaki to its resting place, got its name from Rauhoto Tapairu.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Whakapapa – genealogy - Recalling whakapapa', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 September 2021)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jul 2015