Hone Whetu Tangi-Taheke

Ngāti Porou

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  • "Ngutu-Au (An Ancient People Who Visited New Zealand)." From Information Received from Hone Whetu Tangi-Taheke of the Tu-whakairi-ora Hapu of Ngāti Porou. By George Graham. Journal of the Polynesian Society 14.55 (Sept. 1905): 159-160.
  • Tangi-taheke gives an oral account of the brief settlement at Matakawa of the Ngutu-au people who landed by canoe at Whare-kahika (Hick’s Bay). Tangi-taheke describes the Ngutu-au as ‘a strange people’ whose canoe was ‘remarkable for its construction, and the people for their peculiarities of speech and mannerisms.’ When the Ngutu-au secretly caught a troublesome hapuku who was called Kai-aho because he had destroyed many fishing lines and hooks, the local people were angered but their plans to kill the Ngutu-au were subverted when Ngutu-au fled the district at night. Three of the tribe were left in a cave and Tangi-taheke quotes an old song mentioning these three people.