Tāmaki Makaurau is the Māori name for Auckland. The people living in this land were the Patupaiarehe, a fairy people. The Patupaiarehe didn’t get along well, so to avoid trouble, groups of them lived apart. One iwi (tribe) lived in the Waitakere forest on Auckland’s west coast, and another in the Hunua forest in the south. This meant they kept out of each other’s way. Most of the time.
The children of these tribes would often play a game - leaving to the other iwi's area to return with a token. One night, Hui, the son of Waitakere, played this same game, but returned with a different sort of token, namely Wairere, the daughter of Hunua.
The Hunua Patupaiarehe were enraged when they found out of Wairere's whereabouts. So enraged, in fact, that they sent a party along to reclaim her and fight off the Waitakere Patupaiarehe.
But the Waitakere saw this party, and their tohunga reached down into the earth for its magic, only to combine it with a legion of deadly spells. Before it could be used, the God of earth, Mataaho, and his brother, Ruaumoko, combined forces in fury when they realised their magic was being used without permission, and opened a deep chasm, flinging rocks and debris.
Wairere and Hui were the only ones to survive.
Wairere and Hui have long sinced passed into the underworld, but the remains of their folly can still be seen in the volcanoes of Tamaki. The fertile soils left from this battle, combined with the abundant resources of the Waitemata and Manukau harbours, have drawn people to this region for centuries. Auckland was a desirable, fertile site at the hub of a network of waterways, taking travellers north and south, east and west. For centuries different groups flourished, cohabited and displaced each other in turn. It is for this reason that the Auckland region is widely known as Tāmaki Makaurau – Tāmaki desired by many lovers.