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Rongomaiwahine lived at Mahia and was said to be the fourth wife of Kahungunu. Her actual origins are surprisingly not well stated in Takitimu/Horouta traditions in any exact detail. For one thing she had links to the tangata-whenua of that area before Kahungunu ventured to those parts. From what I gather, her parents were Rapa and Moekakara. Through Rapa, she was a descendant of Tamawheturere who was affiliated with the Rangitane, a tangata whenua iwi. Tamawheturere was the son of Popoto from the Kurahaupo waka (McEwen.1986.15). From Moeakakara, Rongomaiwahine had connections all the way back to Pouheni, an offspring of Paikea.
P.S: If any one has any information about Tutekawa (b.circa.1650) or a Te Kurawhaia (b.circa.1600) in the Turanga/Heretaunga or even Waiarapa, post it here or message me.
Edited by - Upokoruru on Mar 10 2007 8:59:52 PM
Kia ora Whanau I am a decendent of Rongomaiwahine and my Father was Wilfred Ivanhoe Kereru. I was raised in Dunedin but all ways new even before I meet my Dad that i came for the east coast and would show people on a map as a child. I have been home and have taken my family back there. It is truely the most beautiful and peaceful place and i love hearing the stories from the aunties. Kia kaha Rongomaiwahine whanau.