Te whakatuwheratanga o Te Tumu Herenga Waka : 6 Tihema 1986, Poneke, Te Whare Wananga o Wikitoria
According to Taranaki traditions, Rauru was the grandson of Toi and his father was Ruarangi. Eastern traditions however define him as the son of Toi and the older brother of Awanuiarangi. Rauru is known throughout the eastern seaboard, among the Ngati Porou where there is a house named after him in Tauranga and in the Kahungunu region. He was born in Whakatane and grew up as part of the Toi whanau. It is said that as well as being a traveller he was a good carver, which is why his name is often associated with meeting houses.
The most important fact about him is that he became the founding ancestor ol the Nga Rauru people of Taranaki. Their tribal boundaries are from Patea to Kai Iwi. His canoe is Pahitonoa, the paddle is Te Rangitohitu and the commander is Rauru.
He is remembered as an ancestor by one word; Rauru-kii-tahi.