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

8a. HOTUROA, MARAMA and WHAKAOTIRANGI

8a. HOTUROA, MARAMA and WHAKAOTIRANGI

8a HOTUROA/ WHAKAOTIRANGI/MARAMA

8a HOTUROA/ WHAKAOTIRANGI/MARAMA

Besides being the captain of Tainui waka Hoturoa was one of the men who felled the tree and built the canoe. It was his karakia to Tane that enabled the canoe to leave land and be launched. They set sail from Hawaiki and landed at Whangaparaoa. After this they sailed north, arriving at Te Ahuahu where a conference of the leaders of several canoes was held. Then they sailed to the Hauraki Gulf, down the shores of the Coromandel Peninsula to Wharekawa. Marama got off here to continue over land and meet up with them later. On they went to Wai-te-mata at Tamaki Makau Rau. They met with the Te Arawa canoe at Rangitoto Island. Tamatekapua is said to have made advances to Hoturoa's first wife Whakaotirangi. Hoturoa became angry and beat up Tamatekapua; hence the name of the island (according to tradition) — Rangitoto (the day of blood). The canoe carried on and waited for Marama at Whangai-makau. But when she returned, they were about to sail, but the canoe would not move. Apparently on her way, she had had a love affair with a slave and therefore rituals had to be performed to return her mana and tapu. This was done but she was forever known afterwards as Marama-kiko-hura — (Marama of the exposed flesh) or Marama-hahake — (Marama the naked). They sailed to Mokau, where Hoturoa got off and walked to Moeatoa. The canoe was brought to Kawhia while the anchor was left at Mokau.

At Kawhia, Hoturoa erected a tuahu and then ordered the planting of seeds brought from Hawaiki. He left his wife Whakaotirangi and lived with Marama. Whakaotirangi went to live at Pakarikari and formed a settlement. She cultivated her ovvn land with kumara, brought from Hawaiki and sent for Hoturoa to perform the tapu-lifting ceremony. He did this and when he saw her crop which reminded him of his homeland Hawaiki, he decided to return to her. He separated from Marama. She left the district and finally settled at the pa Pari-tai-uru and became the ancestor of the Nga Marama.