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Maori Migration - Tainui Waka

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The Waikato-Tainui Iwi traces its roots back to the migration of the Tainui waka (canoe), captained by Hoturoa, that voyaged from Hawaiiki across the Pacific Ocean to Aotearoa around 1350AD.

There are four principal tribes that descend from the Tainui waka: Hauraki, Ngaati Maniapoto, Ngaati Raukawa and Waikato.

Pictured: Anchor of the Tainui

Captain: Hoturoa

Tohunga (Priest): Rakataura, Riukiuta

Crew Members:

Men: Hotuope, Hotuawhio, Taikehu, Rotu, Poutukeka, Hapopo, Horoiwi, Taiki, Whakatau-potiki, Ngatoroirangi, Kahutuiroa, Marukopiri, Tanewhakatia, Te Keteanataua, Taihaua, Mateora, Taininihi, Hoaroa, Te Uhenga and Hautai

Women: Marama, Whakaoterangi, Kahukeke, Hiaora, Amonga, Torere, Takahiroa, Hinewai, Whaenemurutio, Hineihi.

http://www.waikatotainui.com/?id=126

Today the descendents of the Tainui canoe number over 50,000 people

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waikato_Tainui