Legend of the creation of Auckland

Legend of the creation of Auckland

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  • Two Iwi
  • The Game
  • I'll show them!
  • Where's your token Hui? Haven't you got one?
  • The Token
  • This is my love, my token
  • The land between the Hunua and Waitakere ranges was flat. There were two different Patupaiarehe iwi and they didn't get along, so they tended to stay far away from each other. 
  • War
  • Sometimes the younger members of the iwi would play a game, they would race over to the other iwi and collect a token to prove that they had been there, one night, Hui, son of the Waitakere chief came back without a token. 
  • Divine Intervention
  • The next night, Hui didn't come back. His father, the chief was very angry that his son was missing, he was beginning to summon a war party when Hui came running in.  The princess was welcomed into the iwi.
  • Today
  • The Hunua were enraged when they found out the Waitakere had their princess. They gathered a war party to reclaim Wairere., but the Waitakere Patupaiarehe saw them coming, their tohunga reached down into the earth and used some of the magic hidden there to kill all the Hunua Patupairehe.
  • Suddenly huge rocks were thrown into the air, the god Mataaho, guardian of the earth's secrets, was furious with the Tohunga for using his magic without permission, he called on his brother Ruaumoko, god of volcanos and earthquakes, and together they sucked the tohunga into the earth. The rest of the Waitakere iwi ran for their lives. but they were no match against the combined fury of the brothers.
  • Only Hui and Wairere survived but they have long since passed into the underworld. The site where the iwi and gods clashed is now marked with the volcanoes of Tamaki. The rich soils left from this battle combined with the resources of the Manukau and Waitemata drew people to this area and it is now the thriving city we know as Auckland.
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