Kōrero: Te Ao-kapurangi

One of the poupou (posts) from the Tamatekapua meeting house on Mokoia Island

One of the poupou (posts) from the Tamatekapua meeting house on Mokoia Island

When Hongi Hika decreed that a Ngāpuhi raiding party would spare only those of Te Arawa who passed between Te Ao-kapurangi's thighs, she stood astride the ridgepole of the meeting house on Mokoia Island while her relatives crowded into the house to take refuge.

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Reference: Jack Lang

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Angela Ballara. 'Te Ao-kapurangi', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 1990. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/mi/biographies/1t25/te-ao-kapurangi (accessed 28 September 2020)