Kōrero: Ngāti Ruanui

Whārangi 1. Te pūtake o Ngāti Ruanui

Ngā whakaahua me ngā rauemi katoa o tēnei kōrero

Ko te pepeha mō Ngāti Ruanui arā:

Ko Aotea te waka
Ko Turi te tangata ki runga
Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Waingongoro te awa
Ko Ngāti Ruanui te iwi.

Mai i Rangiātea ki Aotearoa

He tini ngā moutere ririki i te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa. Ko tētahi o aua moutere paku ko Rangiātea, e 200 kiromita te tawhiti i Tahiti. E 30 whakatipuranga ki mua, e noho ana a Turi ki reira; koia te tipuna o Ngāti Ruanui.

Te tūtakitanga o ngā mātua o Ruanui

He whakataukī mō te awa o Pātea, inā:

Pakupaku noa koe, e Pātea, me hoki a Rau i konei.

Nō tō rāua rongotanga mō te ātaahua o Tāneroroa te tamāhine a Turi, ka haere tētahi tokorua, a Uenuku-puanake rāua ko Rau ki te raki kia riro mai i tētahi o rāua a Tāneroroa hei wahine. Kia tae ki te awa o Pātea, ka tīmata a Uenuku ki te whakawhiti. Ka kite ia i te pāpaku o te awa. I konei ka tūturi tana haere, kia pōhēhē tōna hoa he hōhonu te wai. Ehara a Rau i te tangata kaha ki te kauhoe me te aha, ka hoki ia ki tōna kāinga. Ehara, mā te tangata kaha e riro ai te wahine purotu! Nā reira ka hua ko Uenuku–puanake, kāpā ko Rau.

Heoi, nō te tutūnga o te puehu ki waenganui i a Turi rāua ko Uenuku, he rangatira e noho pātata ana ki tōna kāinga, ka rere mōrehu a Turi i Rangiātea. He waimarie ia i te mea i tuaina e tōna hungarei e Toto tētahi rākau nui rawa atu, nānā ka whaongia ngā waka e rua, a Aotea rāua ko Mātā-hou-rua.

I te pō kerekere ka wehe mai a Turi me tōna iwi i Rangiātea mā runga i te waka Aotea-utanga-nui (Aotea taonga nui), i whakaingoatia pērātia nā te huhua o ngā momo tipu, kararehe hōu i mauria e ia. Nō muri mai i tētahi hekenga roa, mōrearea hoki, ka tau rātou ki Kāwhia i te whanga o Aotea. E ai ki te kōrero, ka wehe a Turi me tōna iwi ka hīkoi ki Pātea. Ka whakatūria e rātou te pā o Turi, a Rangitāwhi me tōna whare a Matangirei ki te taha tonga o te awa o Pātea.

I moe te tamāhine a Turi, a Tāneroroa i a Uenuku-puanake nō te waka Tākitimu. Ko Ngāti Ruanui ngā uri whakaheke o tā rāua tama a Ruanui. I tapaina a Ruanui ki te ingoa o tōna tipuna kei Rangiātea.

I roto i ngā whakatipuranga torutoru ka matika ngā uri o Ruanui hei iwi matua ki te tonga o Taranaki, i te takiwā kei waenganui i te awa o Whenuakura me te kōawa o Ōeo.

Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Tony Sole, 'Ngāti Ruanui - Te pūtake o Ngāti Ruanui', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/ngati-ruanui/page-1 (accessed 29 July 2021)

He kōrero nā Tony Sole, i tāngia i te 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017