Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti

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Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti
Iwi of New Zealand
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Rohe (location) East Coast of the North Island
Waka (canoe) Tereanini, Tākitimu, Horouta

Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti is a traditional iwi occupying the area from Tawhiti-a-Paoa Tokomaru Bay to Te Toka-a-Taiau Gisborne on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand.

Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti comprises over fifty hapu: from Te Whanau-a-Te Aotawarirangi the northern hapu Tokomaru Bay to Ngati Oneone the southern hapu Gisborne.

Many can trace their whakapapa back to waka that includes Takitimu and Horouta in the Tairawhiti Region; as well as to the famous ancestor Paikea. However, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti trace their whakapapa from Rongomaituaho, grandson of Uenuku and son of Kahutiaterangi, who captained the waka named Tereanini.[citation needed]

Titirangi Maunga is the revered mountain of the iwi.

The sacred river is Uawa-nui-a-Ruamatua dividing the township Tolaga Bay and Hauiti.

About the 16th century, following major political and social upheavals between the three brothers Taua-Ariki, Mahaki-Ewe-Karoro and Hauiti. Hauiti eventually stamped his mana over Uawa (Tolaga Bay) as it is known to many local inhabitants; hence the title of the major tribal group in this area Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, meaning the descendants of Hauiti.[citation needed]

Local hapu and the Hauiti Ariki Whakatataare-o-te-rangi encountered the British explorer Captain James Cook in 1769; including Tupaia the Tahitian who accompanied Cook on his voyage around the pacific.

The Hauiti Ariki Te Kani-a-Takirau was offered in 1854 the Kingite Crown, an honour he politely and wisely declined.[citation needed]

Notable members[edit]

Notable members of the tribe include:

Marae[edit]

One of Te Aitanga a Hauiti's more famous marae steeped in Māori history is Te Poho-o-Rawiri of Ngati Oneone situated in Gisborne.

The origins of Rongowhakaata the eponymous ancestor is traced to the area occupied by Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti.

Hauiti married the daughter of Rongowhakaata named Kahukura-iti.

See also[edit]