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Also Known As: "Kahu-Hunuhunu"
Birthplace: Kaitaia, Far North District, Northland, New Zealand
Death: Died in Mahia, Wairoa District, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of Tamatea Ure Haea Pokaiwhenua and Iwipupu
Husband of Hinetapu; Te Hautāruke; Ruarauhanga; Ruareretai; Hinepuariari and 3 others
Father of Kahukura-Ariki; Tamateaiti; Tamateakota; Poupoto; Haruatai and 17 others
Brother of Mawete; Ueroa; Uiraroa; Iranui; Kinonui and 1 other
Half brother of UE-NUKU-TITI; HARU-A-TAI-MOANA; Whaene and Haumanga

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About Kahungunu

Kahungunu (also known as Kahu-hunuhunu) was born at the Tinotino pā in Ōrongotea (later named Kaitāia). His father subsequently moved to the Tauranga area, where Kahungunu grew to adulthood.

Tall and handsome, he was renowned for his charismatic leadership. He supervised the planning and building of entire villages, the irrigation and drainage of cultivations, the gathering of food, and the arts of carving, tattooing, weaving and canoe making.

In one account of his life, Kahungunu was persuaded to organise the digging of a canal from Awanui to Kaitāia, to enable Ngāti Awa to take their fleet of canoes up to the fertile flats there. But the ambitious task proved too time consuming and wasteful of tools, which were broken on the many obstacles in the swampy ground.

He married Rongomaiwahine and their love story is an epic in Maori folklore.

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Kahungunu's Timeline

Opotiki, Opotiki District, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
Kaitaia, Far North District, Northland, New Zealand