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Is there anyone who is knowledgeable about Ngati Ruapani. I have just recently visited the Tairawhiti Museum and had the privilege of viewing some of our taonga handed in by families for various reasons. I am very interested in any korero pertaining to a black stone mere named after a descendant of Ruapani, namely TUPURUPURU. There is also a mere that belonged to Mahaki (Te Aitanga a Mahaki) himself that resides in the museum. I would appreciate some korero about this particular taonga as well.
Kia Ora Ihipera,
Am kind of suprised Ngati Hati never replied to this. But incase you have not yet had any luck with the kaupapa nei. In the book Takitimu by J.H Mitchell he relates korero regarding Tupurupuru.
Basically, Tupurupuru had a pa across from Waerenga a hika. According to the book he was the principle chief of Turanga, there was no mana above his. As time went on he got jealous of two of his whanaunga, they were twins named Tara-ki-uta and Tara-ki-tai. Well the twins were quite famous thru out the area, hence the jealousy of Tu. To cut the story short (arohamai) I kohurutia raua e Tu, Tu murdered the twins. The twins father Kahutapere made up two kites named after his sons and sent them to see what happened to his sons. The kites dipped and hung over the pa of Tu. There was a war where Tu was murdered and his father filled with shame left the district.