According to Hauraki tradition, the aute (paper mulberry) was brought from central Polynesia to Hauraki in the Tainui canoe. However, only a small plantation, Te Uruaute-o-Mārama-tāhanga (Mārama’s aute grove), was grown. Planted at Waihīhī in western Hauraki, it flourished until the beginning of the 20th century. This gave rise to the saying, ‘Haere mai ki Hauraki, he aute tē awhea’ (Come to Hauraki where the aute tree survived), which refers to the great fertility and mana of Hauraki.
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