Ruanui, captain of the Māmari canoe, and Nukutawhiti of the Ngātokimatawhaorua arrived together at the Hokianga. They both built houses of learning, but Ruanui began consecrating his before Nukutawhiti. A battle ensued between the priests of the two canoes, who chanted incantations against each other until Ruanui’s prayers ran out. This is commemorated in the name Hokianga-whakapau-karakaia (Hokianga where incantations were exhausted).
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