Story: Te Whānau-ā-Apanui

Celebrating the tribal region

Celebrating the tribal region

The song ‘Marumaru’, written by Roka Paora and set out below, tells of how Te Whānau-ā-Apanui are sheltered by their ancestors, and lists the major marae of the tribe. One of the marae is Hikarukutai at Maraenui, pictured in this oil painting, ‘Motu – maraenui – afternoon 2001’.

Marumaru

Marumaru ōku tīpuna i Whakaruru
Tū mai koutou hei awhi māku, māku hoki hei awhi e
Ko te poupou tuatahi
Ko TE HARAAWAKA me HIKARUKUTAI
Ko te poupou tuarua
Ko TŪTAWAKE, RONGOMAIHUATAHI, MATEKITĀTAHI e …
Ko te poupou tuatoru
Ko HINETEKAHU, ko TE EHUTU, ko KAIAIO me KAHURAUTAO
Ko te poupou tuawha
Ko MARUHAEREMURI, ko PARARAKI, KAUAETANGOHIA,
NGUNGURUOTERANGI
Ko TE HARAAWAKA noho mai Hāwai
Ko HIKARUKUTAI noho mai Maraenui
Kei Whitianga a TŪTAWAKE
RONGOMAIHUATAHI noho mai Ōmāiō
MATEKITATAHI o Ōtūwhare
Ko HINETEKAHU noho mai Waiōrore
Ko TE EHUTU kei Te Kaha-nui-ā-Tiki
Ko KAIAIO noho mai Maungaroa
Ko KAHURAUTAO kei Pāhāoa
Ko MARUHAEREMURI kei Wairūrū
Ko PARARAKI noho mai Raukōkore
KAUAETANGOHIA kei Whangaparāoa
NGUNGURUOTERANGI kei Pōtaka
Heke mai ki ahau nei e.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: B.042750
Oil painting by Stanley Palmer

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How to cite this page:

Roka Paora, 'Te Whānau-ā-Apanui - Stories of Apanui Ringamutu’s family', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/3743/celebrating-the-tribal-region (accessed 12 May 2021)

Story by Roka Paora, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 10 Feb 2015