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Maori Migration - Te Arawa Waka

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Tama Te Kapua took up the challenge laid down by his father: to seek a peaceful new home in the southern islands of New Zealand.

Over 30 Ngāti Ohomairangi tribe members accompanied Tama. Among them were Tama’s uncles, Tia and Hei, the twin sons of Atuamatua. The canoe was originally named Ngā rākau rua a Atuamatua (the two trunks of Atuamatua) in memory of their father.

Captain: Tama Te Kapua

Tohunga:

Crew:

Males: Tia, Hei, Hatupatu, Taininihi, Īhenga and Kahumatamomoe, Tapuika and Waitaha

Females: