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Te whakatuwheratanga o Te Tumu Herenga Waka : 6 Tihema 1986, Poneke, Te Whare Wananga o Wikitoria

[Tahu Potiki]



Tahu Potiki was a descendant of Toi kairakau, Uenuku, Kahutiaterangi, Paikea and Ruatapu.

The story has it that Tahu was first named Te Tuhi-Mareikura-o-Oho after the fact that he was born in the evening at Whangara when the western sky was flushed red with the rays of the setting sun, the sign of fine weather. He was also known as Tahumatua (the originator of various lines of prestigious descent), a fact which has led today to considerable confusion amongst those who study genealogy.

Tahu moved southwards from Whangara to the Maraetaha and Wairoa districts. There are traditions relating to his occupation of Tukemokihi, north of Wairoa and inland from Whakaki. He was at Arapaoa when he heard that his brother, Porourangi, had died. He returned to the East Coast and married his brother's widow, Hamoterangi. The result of that union was the birth of Tahu-Murihape.