Story: Te Arawa

The genealogy of Pūkaki

The genealogy of Pūkaki

Through intermarriage, descendants of Rangitihi loosely aligned themselves into three major kin groups: Ngāti Pikiao, Tūhourangi and Te Uri o Uenukukōpako (later known as Ngāti Whakaue). Jealousies and competition among kin groups often led to skirmishes and warfare. These conflicts were sometimes resolved by marriages, one of them between Taiwere (of Ngāti Whakaue) and Tamiuru (of Ngāti Pikiao). This taumau (marriage alliance) resulted in the birth of the famous Te Arawa leader, Pūkaki, who in turn married Wahiao’s granddaughter Ngāpuia of Ōhinemutu, creating much-needed peace among the three tribes.

Whakapapa from information provided by Paora Tapsell

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Paora Tapsell, 'Te Arawa - Warfare and marriages', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 September 2023)

Story by Paora Tapsell, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017