Kei te tohu te mahere nei ko hea ngā reo Austronesia e rima i roto i Poronihia. Ko ngā reo o Ngā Kuki Airani, Tahiti me Tuamotu ngā reo tino tata rawa ki te reo Māori. Kātahi ka mārama te take i taea ai e Tupaia o Tahiti te whitiwhiti kōrero me ngā Māori i tana haerenga mai me Kāpene Kuki i te haerenga tuatahitanga mai i te wā 1769 ki te 1770.
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Source: K. R. Howe, ed., Vaka moana: voyages of the ancestors: the discovery and settlement of the Pacific. Auckland: David Bateman; Auckland Museum, 2006