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Many, many years ago Owairaka was known as Te Puke O Ruarangi (Ruarangi Hill)
The hill was named after Ruarangi the leader of the Tainui tribe. Tainui used to inhabit the hill until they were forced to relocate because of the growth of other tribes.
With war moving in they had to plan an escape in order for their tribe to survive as they were greatly outnumbered.
The Tainui tribe entered a lava cave on the side of the mountain and began to make their way past Western Springs underground.
They then reached sea and had to think of a way to get across to the North Shore. They began to throw the lava rocks into the water, creating stepping stones.
The path of the Tainui tribe still remains. Although the lava rocks aren't there, over time they formed a reef, what we know as the Meola Reef.
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