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  • "Ngāti-Whatua Traditions. No. 1. Nga Kōrero O Mahanga/The Story of Mahanga. No.1." English trans. S. Percy Smith. Journal of the Polynesian Society 20 (June 1911): 78-85.
  • Whakatara writes of Mahanga and his wife Waihekeao who lived at Manganui. When Waihekeao’s father Tutaki visited the couple he took offence at a remark made by Mahanga and he and Waihekeao left Mahanga and eventually Waihekeao married Hau-moe-warangi instead. In the resulting battles Mahanga fled the area and settled at Hukatere and was later drowned at a place now called "Te Wai-a-Mahanga". Journal of Polynesian Society editors write that ‘[t]he Rev. Hauraki Paora of Kaipara, who died in July, 1910, sent us the following account of events which took place in the Northern Wairoa somewhere about the middle of the seventeenth century - just prior to the time, in fact, that the Northern Ngāti-Whatua tribe came down and conquered their present homes in the Kaipara District’. The Māori text is dated 21 October 1892.