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If the story is true, then these people were probably some of the tangata-whenua Ati-Awa.Old Tamahau was well versed in Maori history, and would not confuse this Taranaki canoe with "Nuku-tere" the canoe of Whiro-nui, which came to New Zealand from Hawaiki apparently two or three generations before the heke of 1350, and whose crew settled on the coast near Te Kaha, Bay of Plenty.The Tarauaki tribe held that the Ati-Awa boundary was at Whaka-ngerengere where they marched with Ngati-Rua-nui.and that the mountain of Ati-Awa, in place of being Mount Egmont, was Whaka-ahu-rangi, a place on the old inland road from Matai-tawa to Hawera, near where Stratford is situated—for the origin of which name see infra.

The dispute arose originally as to the exact boundaries conquered from Taranaki by Te Ati-Awa a few generations previously (which we shall have to refer to).The Taranaki Ngati-Awa or (as it is better to call them to distinguish them from their East Coast brethren) Ati-Awa, are called by the Bay of Plenty tribe of the same name, Koro-Ati-Awa, from koro, to desire; which is explained as meaning a 'desire to travel.' The same people further say that the Taranaki tribe migrated in consequence of quarrels amongst the sons of Awa-nui-a-rangi, which induced some of thorn to leave their ancient home at Whakatane, some of them going north to the present Nga-Puhi country, others moving south to Taupo; where they divided into two parties, one going to Port Nicholson, the other down the course of the Whanganui, the rest, and larger party, proceeding to Waitara (ten miles north of New Plymouth) where they settled and became the Ati-Awa tribe as we know them.This is the account given by the Bay of Plenty Ngati-Awa, but as far as I am aware no exact confirmation has ever been received from Ati-Awa themselves; indeed their early history is a blank; they are merely able to tell us that they derive their name from Awa-nui-a-rangi, but where he lived they do not know for certain; but one authority (Ati-awa) says his home was at Napier where he had a house named Ahuriri, the foundations of which are still to be seen. This confirms the East Coast origin of this ancestor, though Ahuriri may not be his correct home.They were followed by other learned men, such as Kerepa, Pai-rama, Horo-papera and Nga-Tai-rakau-nui.They particularly laid emphasis on the fact of their ancestors having lived at a village, or pa, on the eastern slopes of Mount Egmont named Karaka-tonga, which was built on the banks of the Wai-whakaiho in the times of Awhipapa (see Table No.

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