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Hotunui, an account in English extracted from 'The Ancient History of the Maori' by John White

The following account in English of the life of Hotunui, ancestor of the Marutūahu peoples, was extracted from The Ancient History of the Maori by John White, Vol IX, Tainui, pp194-203. It is a translation of a Māori language text found in the same book. The Māori text can be read here: 


Hotunui, an account in Māori taken from 'The Ancient History of the Maori' by John White, Vol IX, Tainui, pp.187-196.

The account of Hotu-nui (great sob) only shall be given in this part of this history. Hotu-nui took to wife a woman of the Kawhia tribes, who were descended from people who migrated to New Zealand before those who came in Tai-nui. When his wife expected her first-born he prepared his ground to plant a crop of kumara, but he could not complete his work for want of the kumara-tubers to set in his field. He went to plunder the storehouse of Mahanga, to procure some kumara. The big toe of Hotu-nui's foot was crooked and turned outwards. When Mahanga discovered that his storehouse h…

Hotunui, an account in Māori extracted from 'The Ancient History of the Maori' by John White

The following account of the life of Hotunui, ancestor of the Marutūhu peoples, was extracted from The Ancient History of the Maori by John White, Vol IX, Tainui, pp. 187-196

An English translation, which appears in the same book, can be read here:


Hotunui, an account in English extracted from 'The Ancient History of the Maori' by John White

Ko Hotu-nui anake tenei ka mahia i enei korero o tenei tatai korero whakapapa. Ka moe te tangata ra a Hotu-nui i te wahine, no Kawhia te wahine a te tangata ra no nga heke tawhito o mua atu ia Tai-nui. Ka hapu te wahine ra, ka tuahu te tangata ra i tana maara, hei maara kumara mana, kaore i oti te whakato i te kore purapura kumara, ka tahi a Hotu-nui ka haere ki te tahae i te hapoki kumara a Mahanga, hei whakato mo tana maara. Nei ra ko te koromatua o te waewae o Hotu i piko ki waho. Ka pau te tahae nga kumara o te hapoki (rua-kumara) ra, ka rapu a Mahanga i te tangata nana i tahae tana hapoki, ka kitea nga waewae ra i te kuwaha o te hapoki …

The death of Haora Tipa of Ngāti Pāoa, 1874

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The Great Māori Feast at Pārāwai 1876

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Tangi for Emma Te Aouru

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A meeting at Pūkorokoro, 1899

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A Great 'Native' Meeting at Whakatīwai 1874

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In August 1874, a 'great native meeting' was held at Whakatīwai. The hosts were Ngāti Pāoa and the purpose of the meeting was to discuss a large number of issues concerning land and resources. It was attended by all the iwi of Hauraki and it was so significant that numerous reports about the hui are recorded in the local press. See below:
Thames Advertiser, Volume VII, Issue 1874, 25 July 1874
Thames Advertiser, Volume VII, Issue 1880, 1 August 1874


Thames Advertiser, Volume VII, Issue 1881, 3 August 1874
Thames Advertiser, Volume VII, Issue 1883, 5 August 1874

Thames Advertiser, Volume VII, Issue 1881, 3 August 1874
Thames Advertiser, Volume VII, Issue 1882, 4 August 1874


Thames Advertiser, Volume VII, Issue 1884, 6 August 1874