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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 11, Issue 6 (September 1, 1936)

The Mahuhu's Voyage and Arrival

The Mahuhu's Voyage and Arrival.

From the home island of Waerota, the Mahuhu sailed (eastward apparently) to Wae-roti—and thence to Mata-te-ra (which is supposed to be at or near Tahiti). There Rongomai heard accounts of this country, Aotea-roa (or Nuku-roa, the “Long Land”), therefore he sailed for it. He brought with him seed of the hue (calebash marrow) and tubers of the uwhi, the hoia (a taro) and several varieties of the kumara—and also plants of the auté (or cloth bark) and the edible ti (the sweet cordyline).

Mahuhu made the coast of New Zealand at Takou (near the North Cape). There the crew found the people of Kui very numerous. They sailed on to Whangaroa and Whangaruru, thence to Ohiwa and then on to Waiapu (East Cape). All these places were populated by the tribes called Tini-o-Toi. At each place, one or more of the crew remained to marry and settle among the tangatawahenua (people of the land).

From the East Cape the canoe returned northward to Takou and Parengarenga, where others of the crew settled. Rongomai then went round to the West Coast and sailed down past Hokianga to Taporapora, a large sandy island which then existed inside the Kaipara Heads.