This is a line of descent from the Waitaha ancestor, Rākaihautū, through his son Te Rakihouia (also known as Rokohouia). The names of people descended from Rākaihautū became linked to geographical features of the South Island. In this tradition of place-naming, the landmark in a sense is the ancestor, so the whole landscape becomes an ancestral temple or church.
From information provided by Te Maire Tau
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