Tamaki Makaurau is Auckland in Maori. During moonless nights, a tradition was for two iwi's to play a game, under a cover of the darkness they would sneak out of their houses and then they would have to bring a token to prove that they had snuck out and played the game. One night Hui, the son of Waitakere,came back empty handed which he got laughed at for
The next night he did the game again, but this time he did not return. When the great rangatira Waitakere found out his son was missing he was enraged and summoned a war party immediately. When the war party was about to start, the chief saw two figures in the distance. The Hunua Patupaiarehe were mad to find there princess missing, but were furious to find that she
was with the Patupaiarehe of Waitakere. So they summoned a war. But Waitakere could see them approaching. As they came, the tohunga, or high priest, of Waitakere reached down into the earth and took some of the magic hidden there. He mixed it into the deadliest of spells and cast it at the Hunua Patupaiarehe.
Some fell but many stayed strong and kept attacking. Again the tohunga reached deep into the earth and collected more magic for the next attack. They attacked one more time and this time it worked and all the men fell to the ground dead one by one. Mataaho was furious with the tohunga because they took magic with no permission.
He woke up his brother Ruaumoko and with their combined fury of both Mataaho and his brother they opened up a hole in the earth and the tohunga fell into that hole and Mataaho burned them. Many years later two pf the remaining Patupaiarehe sat on a hill in disbelief, Wairere said "it was not a dream" no replied Hui and there is no one left but us.
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. It is for this reason that the Auckland region is widely known as Tāmaki Makaurau – Tāmaki desired by many lovers.