Te Aitanga a Mahaki trace their beginnings from the waiata "Haramai a Paoa". The maunga in shape the haumi, and the land where Paoa found the totara to repair Horouta. The quotation is immortalised in the land, "Te manga i tu ai te rakau a Paoa", Mangatu.
Ko Maungahaumi te maunga Ko Mangatu te whenua Ko Waipaoa te awa Ko Te Aitanga a Mahaki te iwi
Haramai a Paoa i runga i tona waka i a Horouta Ka pakaru ki Tuaranui o Kanawa Ka haramai ki uta ki te rapa haumi, ki te rapa punaki Ka kitea te haumi, ka kitea te punaki E kai kamakama, ka miia tona mimi Rere ana Motu, rere ana Waipaoa Ko Kopututea te putanga ki waho Ki a unu mai tona kuri, e pakia mai nei E nga ngaru o te moana, e takoto nei Ka huri ka huri te haere a Paoa Ki te Tairawhiti e!
Our traditional history begins with the arrival of the Horouta waka at Ohiwa in the Bay or Plenty. In an attempt to cross a sandbar named Tukerae o Kanawa, the haumi of the Horouta snapped in half. To make repairs to the waka, Paoa took a party of warriors inland to search for a suitable tree. On a large mountain they found what they sought, and named the mountain Maungahaumi, where Paoa needed to relieve himself forming Te Mimi a Paoa, (the Waipaoa River), flowing south, and the Motu River, flowing north of the mountain.
The repaired waka headed east, rounding the East Cape following the coastline south, greeting the descendants of Toi, replenishing water and food as they went. Some of the Horouta descendants remained and settled with the Toi descendants on the way, whilst the rest continued south until they reached a large bay where Kiwa set up a rahui tuahu claiming the area in the names of the remaining crew of Horouta. The landing place was named Turanganui A Kiwa. To celebrate their discovery, Hineakua the daughter of Paoa, was given in marriage to Kahutuanui, the son of Kiwa, producing the future descendants of Turanganui A Kiwa.
The marriage of Rakaikoko, a descendant of Hine Hakirirangi, sister of Paoa, into the Kiwa - Paoa family, was an important alliance. Hine Hakirirangi was the ancestor who, it is said,to have nurtured and brought the kumara from Hawaikii in her sacred kete, and planted the vines at Manawaru and Araiteuru, as sustenance for the tribe.
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