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The genealogy of Pūkākī

The genealogy of Pūkākī

Through intermarriage, descendants of Rangitihi loosely aligned themselves into three major kin groups: Ngāti Pikiao, Tūhourangi and Te Uri o Uenukukōpako (later known as Ngāti Whakaue). Jealousies and competition among kin groups often led to skirmishes and warfare. These conflicts were sometimes resolved by marriages, one of them between Taiwere (of Ngāti Whakaue) and Tamiuru (of Ngāti Pikiao). This taumau (marriage alliance) resulted in the birth of the famous Te Arawa leader, Pūkākī, who in turn married Wahiao’s granddaughter Ngāpuia of Ōhinemutu, creating much-needed peace among the three tribes.

Whakapapa from information provided by Paul Tapsell

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Paul Tapsell, 'Te Arawa - Warfare and marriages', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 October 2021)

Story by Paul Tapsell, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017