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|Iwi of New Zealand|
|Rohe (location)||East Coast of the North Island|
|Waka (canoe)||Tereanini, Tākitimu, Horouta|
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.
Titirangi Maunga is the revered mountain of the iwi.
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.
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.
Notable members of the tribe include:
- Makere Biddy Rangiuia Nikora, QSM, Kaiako, Whakapapa Exponent
- Parekura Horomia, Member of Parliament for Labour
- Harry Ngata, former All Whites soccer player
- Waimarama Taumaunu, former Silver Ferns netballer
- Rico Gear, former All Black
- John Walsh, artist
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.
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