t is said from various research that Hauiti (now the autonomous tribe Te Aitanga-A-Hauiti) exiled his older brothers Taua and Mahaki ewe Karoro. Mahaki went to the Waiapu valley and married a Ruawaipu women of high rank. Mahaki did not hold rights to Ruawaipu land, it was held by his wife.
“Ngati Porou are unable to say how, or what manner, they first became possessed of their present land””.
[Gudgeon. W.E. Journal of Polynesian Society - The Maori Tribes of the East Coast of N.Z, continued from page 219, Vol III – Part II page 19. ]
It is said that this was the origin of Ngati Porou. Apirana Ngata refers to this whanau-hapu as “Ngati Porou Proper” or “Ngati Porou tuturu” of the Waiapu valley.
A descendant of Mahaki ewe Karoro was Rapata Wahawaha who was as a child a slave and referred as having a birth of low rank. In the 1860’s Rapata and other East Coast native converts swore their allegiance to the Church of England and Queen Victoria, and were supplied guns and militia by the Crown to unleash a religious campaign of colonial terrorism on innocent East Coast tangata whenua.
The Crown had originally planned to starve out the Ngati Porou after the “dirty work was done” to gain total access of Ruawaipu, Uepohatu, and Hauiti lands (the East Coast territory). However the Te Kooti era saw a permanent alliance between the Crown and Ngati Porou kawanatanga lead by Rapata Wahawaha.
It was though this alliance (which still exists today) that the Ngati Porou loyalists became land agents and dignitaries for the colony. For example Rapata became a Major, received a sword of honour for his duties to Crown and recognized by the colony as chief. The Crown boundary of Ngati Porou expanded to Potikirua ki te Toka a Taiau and the process of assimilation and Ngati Porou indoctrination had begun.
It is interesting to note that Apirana Ngata for some reason promoted the English Treaty of Waitangi. The English version was not used on the East Coast. Perhaps Ngati Porou are trying to validate the Queens sovereignty under Article one?
Ruawaipu claim rights under Te Tiriti (indigenous text which did not cede sovereignty) which was signed by Hobson and our ancestors (who obtained their territorial rights to do so from Ruawaipu).
Today, the Ruawaipu people still defy the Crown and the Queen. Our story is yet to be told.