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.
Trouble over Hui’s disapperence
On moonless nights the younger members of the iwi liked to play a game. Sneaking out of their houses and racing over to the other iwi area. For proof that they had been there, they would take a token to show to the others when they arrived home.
The princess goes missing
One night Hui (Son of Waitakere) returned from a jaunt empty handed. He got teased by the others for this. The next night when they played the same game again, Hui didn’t return the others, his friends all blamed each other.
The end stages
When the great chief (Waitakere) found out about his son missing, he was angry and summoned a Great War party. Just as they were about to begin, two figures ran towards them. Hui and a beautiful young woman who Hui said was his token.
The Hunua Patupaiarehe were angry when they found their princess missing. They made a plan to reclaim Wairere. But Waitakere saw them coming and took some of the hidden magic and use it to his advantage. After this, battles broke out.
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.