OCEAN_GOING PORA or WAKA
2 Song of the Dream Makers
Hotu Moana, Kiwa & Maui Tikitiki-a-Taranga – Waitaha’s origins start with the union of the tall, dark Maoriori matriarch Hotu Matua of Rekohu (Chathams) and the smaller, fair Kiwa of the Uru Kehu of the Kura-Waka Nation (Red Basket of North America). These two explorers came across the Island of Giant Statues (Easter Island) about the same time. The knowledge holders, who were of the god Tane Mahuta’s prophet Te (+Wi, gave into their care a ‘way of living’ in three sacred baskets of knowledge – always intended for use in the ‘new earth’ created after the Deluge destroyed Mu.
Hotu Matua’s son Maramara-o-te-Ao married Taranga, Kiwa’s son Tiki’s sister. It was Tiki, with the blessing of Kiwa and Hotu Matua, who handed over the mana of the sea trails to Maui. First, however, Maui had to be taught the secrets of Tane Mahuta’s three sacred baskets of knowledge, and this task was left to his paternal grandmother Muriraka of Rekohu (also known as Muriranga Whenua).
She invited her grandson to go to her sacred school at Taputapu-atea, Ra’i’atea, to learn the intricacies of deep, inner mind navigation using the godstone ‘Encircler of the Heavens’, his metaphorical magic ‘jawbone’. Maui then sailed to Aotearoa in ‘Nuku Tai Memeha’ with his four brothers; he travelled in the name Maui Tikitiki-a-Taranga, Maui ‘of the Topknot of his mother Taranga’.
When Maui left Ra’i’atea he was determined to find the Waka of the Gods. His grandmother had given him the songs that he could sing into his godstone ‘jawbone’, the crystalline compass ‘Te Awhio-rangi’. Through this medium, he tied the tides to the songs, and called upon the white whale and dolphin for assistance with his flaxen horn. They led him to The Meeting of the Waters where the seas of Rehia and Rehua embraced.
Through the sea mists he saw Tangaroa’s Stingray ‘Whai Repo’ and knew then to follow the tide Te Tai Oro Oro south towards the Waka of the Gods to where several tides split in different directions. From there, the Snout of the Flying Fish tide took him directly to the outrigger of the gods’ Waka. He beached just north of the Big Shelf of Ra Kai Hau Tu (Banks Peninsula), and directly across from the peak he named ‘Mast of Aotea Roa’.
Maui looked west to the snow-capped mountains where the gods were turned to stone, the huge white sail of the Waka of the Gods. Swift runners, Tama and Toa, were sent inland to find the Nest of the Gods, Te Kohanga. They returned to the Big Shelf of Ra Kai Hau Tu and told Maui that they had found the gods’ sanctuary in the foothills called Pukenga. Maui and his party sped there and were overawed by the majesty of this Nest.
At the foot of the statue of Kiore the Rat, Maui leant down and picked up a most beautiful three-piece eel pendant of godstone. The navigator was told by the goddess Rongo Marae Roa to take blocks of treasured godstone, including the three-piece eel pendant (of inanga, totoweka and kokopu godstone), back to his people on Island of Giant Statues.
From the Mast of Aotea Roa, Maui sailed south on Te Tai Po-iti, and rounded the bottom of the Waka of the Gods. ‘Nuku Tai Memeha’ turned north on Te Tai Maruatonga until it joined the Forbidden Tide (later Te Tai Poutini). The waka rounded the Bill of the Huia, entered Raukawa Moana and beached at Uninhabited Bay (Whakarerea).
There, Maui baited his hook and bloodied it after striking his nose. He cast his line across Raukawa Moana and caught the Stingray of Tangaroa. It was now metaphorically attached, by sight perhaps, to the Waka of the Gods. From this point on the north island was known as the ‘Fish of Maui’.
Maui had ten brothers, all explorers of the Double Sea, and the four that stayed behind in Aotearoa with their families were Maui Mua, Maui Roto, Maui Taha and Maui Pae. Thus, Maui’s family was a direct cross between the people who re-emerged in the Red Basket (Kura-Waka) after the Deluge destroyed Mu, and the ‘survivor’ dark race of Maoriori from Rekohu.
These children of Kura-Waka, Rakai and Pakau first built villages beside the blue lake Te Horo (now gone) near Waipoua Kauri Forest. Maui showed them the use of the fire drill and collected five ‘fire plants’ for them before he left for his home on the Island of the Giant Statues; the fire trees were kaikomako, mahoe, totara, patete and pukatea. Thus, some of Maui’s crew were the first of the new ‘human’ people to settle in the newly found ‘Aotearoa’.
Maui returned home on the Long Path of Winter tide with his sacred ‘jawbone’, Tane Mahuta’s godstone adze ‘Encircler of the Heavens’, several samples of Io-Pounamu godstone from the three sacred rivers of the southern island’s west coast, and the three-piece eel pendant of Maui.
Beforehand at the nest Te Kohanga, Maui had promised the gods that his descendants would bring the peace child, the kumara sweet potato back to Aotearoa. The first to do so were the founders of Ra Kai Hau Tu’s Waitaha Nation and the matriarch Marotini.
(A thousand years later, Marama-Kikokura, wife of the ‘Tainui’ waka’s commander Hoturoa, and Whaka-o-te-rangi, kidnapped onto the ‘Arawa’ by Tama-te-Kapua, repeated this sacred promise to bring new kumara seedlings to Aotearoa.)
Tamatea Mai Tawhiti – The next visitor to Aotearoa from Peru and the Island of Giant Statues was the sorcerer Tamatea Mai Tawhiti. First, he sailed from Peru to the Island of Giant Statues in his totara reed waka ‘Arai-te-Uru I’. On that island he constructed another waka out of more sturdy timbers for the voyage to Ra’i’atea, and gave it the name ‘Arai-te-Uru I’ also. After lessons in deep mind song navigation at Taputapu-atea on Ra’i’atea he, like Maui, went south in search of Aotearoa. He found the Meeting of the Waters, followed the old tide Te Tai Oro Oro down the east coast of the Fish, and landed first at the Bay of the Whales, Whangaparaoa.
After a short stop, Tamatea Mai Tawhiti sailed to Te Pu Harakeke (now Te Puke), where he perhaps mistakenly called the ‘Firebird of Darts’ out of the heavens with a misdirected ‘karakia’ prayer.
He was witness to the destructive Fires of Tamatea Mai Tawhiti in 186 AD that were recorded clearly on Chinese dynastic calendars from that time. When Tauponui-a-Tia (Big Lake Taupo) erupted, the skies of the northern and southern hemispheres had a dark, reddish glow for two years.
After emerging from their cave shelters, Tamatea Mai Tawhiti’s people stripped ‘Arai-te-Uru I’ down. He took its sternpost (taurapa) to the summit of Mount Ruapehu to propitiate Ruaumoko the god of volcanoes and earthquakes. The bow post (tauihu) was left at Te Pu Harakeke near the point where ‘Arai-te-Uru I’ was beached.
New kauri trees were cut and hulls prepared for ‘Arai-te-Uru I’ and the waka sailed back to Peru on the old Long Path of Winter ‘Tai Ara Roa’ tide. The crew took with them the titi and kaka (muttonbird and parrot) from Aotearoa, and these were freed beside the highest large lake in the Andes range, now called Lake ‘Titi-Kaka’.
Some of Tamatea Mai Tawhiti’s people stayed on in Aotearoa and established villages around the crater lake of Tauponui-a-Tia and Lake Rotorua. A good deal of them moved to the coastal areas of the eastern Fin of the Fish, and Te Pu Harakeke was initially their largest settlement. Their descendants can be found amongst the Ngati Porou of East Cape, Tuhoe of the Urewera Ranges, and Whakaue of Tattooed Island.
Ngahue the Stone Shaper & Poutini – Tamatea Mai Tawhiti told the Tu Takapo Stone people of Peru, who had also migrated to Lake Titi-Kaka from the Red Basket after the Deluge destroyed Mu, about the wondrous Aotearoa to the west. The first of these Tu Takapo people to go in search of Aotearoa’s godstone were Ngahue the Stone Shaper and his pupil Poutini. For the initial part of their journey to Island of Giant Statues, they built a giant waka from totora reeds taken from the shores of Lake Titi-Kaka.
Ngahue (originally named Rongo-ue-roa) and Poutini were of the light-skinned, squinty-eyed ‘Kiritea’ people of the high Andes, and who had first found their wisdom holders at Te Wanaka by Lake Titi-Kaka. It was these remnants of the Deluge and disciples of the Prophet Te (+Wi who gave the Tu Takapo people the moldavite tektite V’tlava stone from which the sacred Korotangi was later carved.
When they reached the Island of Giant Statues, the Uru Kehu of Kiwa and Maoriori of Hotu Matua welcomed the Peruvian visitors with open arms for their vast knowledge of stone shaping and carving, evident in their stone temples and statues. Some Tu Takapo Stone shapers stayed on the Island of Giant Statues and had children with the white-skinned people of the Kura-Waka Nation of Kiwa and the dark Maoriori of Rekohu (and sundry other passing, procreating visitors by this time).
In Poutini and Ngahue’s story, as found within ‘The Night Fishermen’, they took the eel pendant of Maui, Te Awhio-rangi the ‘Encircler of the Heavens’ godstone (the only true philosophers’ stone), as well as the moldavite tektite block of extraterrestrial V’tlava stone that became the Korotangi, onwards to Ra’i’atea.
On Ra’i’atea, the learned men and women of a multitude of tribes had come together at Taputapu-atea from all eight tentacles of the octopus (‘arawa’) of the Double Sea. Muriraka’s school of learning prospered, and it was here under the breadfruit tree at Opoa that Ngahue shaped the sacred Korotangi. He fashioned it from the V’tlava stone using the godstone tools of Maui whose edges had been finely honed and sharpened with Te Awhio-rangi the ‘Encircler of the Heavens’.
Ngahue and Poutini, after leaving Maui’s sacred ‘jawbone’ (Te Awhio-rangi’) at Ra’i’atea, set sail for the distant islands of Aotearoa with the Korotangi and eel pendant of Maui on board.
At the Meeting of the Waters, they took the western coast ‘forbidden’ old tide, now Te Tai Poutini. They landed at Aotearoa’s Tail of the Fish by Hokianga Gates, the beginning and end of the mind song, and some of their people settled here. The Hao of Patuone and Nene in this story, originally the ‘Tao’, descended from them.
The ‘tribes’ of Maui’s four brothers and their families, Tamatea Mai Tawhiti’s people and Ngahue and Poutini’s remaining crew all mixed with the ‘newcomers’ from the soon-to-be-established Waitaha Nation. [Almost a thousand years later, they also blended in with the new ‘wave’ of migrants from Ra’i’atea who came in the ‘Arawa’, ‘Tainui’, ‘Aotea’ and other ancestral waka.]
The two Tu Takapo navigators went further south into the unknown and finally found the Path of Discovery River (Arahura) and gave it the name ‘Nga-Wai-o-Marami’, the Many Waters of the Green-boned Butterfish. They followed that river to its source, Lake Pari-Whaka-Oho (Startled Cliffs), deep in the mountain heart of the Waka of the Gods.
Here, the goddess of peace Rongo Marae Roa blessed the sacred eel pendant of Maui and the Korotangi, and told the Tu Takapo explorers that peace could always be ensured in Hawaiki when the priests of Taputapu-atea made an annual call to her and the creator god Io through these sacred objects.
The stone shapers returned to their waka by the Sea of Rehia, and camped near the mouth of the Path of Discovery River. In its lower reaches they found several blocks of beautiful inanga godstone. The two then explored to the north and south on foot. North, they crossed the Curving Flow River Tere-Makau and found totoweka godstone on its banks. Next, they combed the upper reaches of the Waters of Forgotten Importance until they gathered a fine store of kokopu, both the adult whitebait fish and godstone of that name.
A short walk later they came to the Big Wide Mouth River Mawheranui, and knew they had reached the Gates of Knowledge where two giant Tuatara Guardian gods drank from the waters. On the northern shore of the river, Poutini built a village beneath the Tuatara Guardian (Ngarara Poutini), by the small lagoon Te Aka Aka o Poutini, named after a sacred climbing vine. Beside his village, in the Sea of Rehia, coursed the old ‘forbidden’ tide also now named after the song singer.
Ngahue wished to explore further north, knowing that a suitable grinding stone would be needed to add edge and smoothness to godstone. During this journey the travellers took the opportunity to ‘plant’ island-climbing mussels at the place now called Motu-Kiekie. At last they found the place where Hine-Tua-Hoanga, the goddess of sandstone, provided her treasure at Te Puna-Kaiki. More of their people settled here.
Lastly, before they set off for Hokianga Gates, Ngahue released the spirit of the blue duck ‘whio’ into the Waters of Forgotten Importance, setting free the magic of godstone.
The stone shaper and his pupil returned to the Island of the Giant Statues, and from there it was Poutini who sailed to Ra’i’atea to give the blessed sacred Korotangi and eel pendant of Maui back into the care of the high priests of Taputapu-atea.
On that island, these sacred objects preserved the Pact of Love for forty generations, until Manaia’s fateful curse upon Ngatoro-i-te-rangi that led to the migration of the Ra’i’atea fleet nearly thirty generations ago (eg. ‘Tainui’, ‘Aotea’, ‘Arawa’, and ‘Takitimu’).
- frrom the Glossary to 'The Night Fishermen'