The Patupaiarehe didn't get along very well so to avoid trouble groups lived apart. One iwi lived in the Waitakere forest on Auckland's West coast.
Tamaki Makaurau is the Maori name for Auckland. The people living in this land were the Patupaiarehe, a fairy people.
And another iwi lived in the Hunua forest in the south. This meant they kept out of each other's ways. Most of the time.
On moonless nights the younger members of the iwis to play a game. To prove they had been there, they would take a token back and show to the others. One night, Hui, the son of Waitakere, came back to the iwi late with a young woman as his token. This young woman was the daughter of Hunua.
The Hunua tribe were enraged when they found their princess missing. They prepared a war with the Waitakere. When the Hunua got close the Waitakere reached down and took some magic hidden there. then they cast the deadliest spells at the Hunua. one by one the Hunua died.
There was silence. then, suddenly the ground heaved and a chasm opened up as Matataaho, the guardian of the earth secrets and Ruaumoko, atua of earthquakes and volcanoes visited the Waitarere. They were furious for using magic without permission, so they punished them by throwing rocks and hiding the sun with thick clouds of smoke wiping out the Waitarere.
Many years later, two patupaiarehe sat on a hill overlooking the Tamaki volcanic field. In sad disbelief, Wairere said, 'It was not a dream'. 'no' answered Hui, 'and there is nobody but us...
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