Te Arawa’s Arrival

They knew they were close, so the men, women and children aboard the Te Arawa waka hourua (large double-hulled canoe) waited in the dimness of the dawn off the coast of the Coromandel peninsula for the rising of the sun, as they had been told.

The Te Arawa – and the Tainui canoe with them - had both come from the bay called Whenuakura in Hawaiiki, about 300 years after Kupe. Captaining the Te Arawa was Tamatekapua, a strategic man and something of a ‘character’. He was nicknamed the ‘variegated cloud’ because like the clouds of heaven, he constantly changed his ‘aspect’ or mood…

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