Raukawa

(source: http://www.tkm.govt.nz/region/tainui/ ) 

About the Iwi...

The iwi of Raukawa descends from the eponymous ancestor, Raukawa. Raukawa is the eldest child of his father Tūrongo of the Tainui waka and his mother, the celebrated Māhina-a-rangi of the Takitimu waka. His birth was significant as a bridge joining the people of the west and east coast of the North Island.

The story of Tūrongo and Māhina-a-rangi is an epic love story.

Their courtship was immortalised in the naming of their son Raukawa. Etched within the cultural memory of the iwi was the journey undertaken by a heavily pregnant Māhina-a-rangi from her lands to her husband’s. This highlighted the determination, strength and courage of our ancestors to set the foundation of the iwi and to create a connection to the land.

(Raukawa Settlement Trust (2021) About the iwiTe Tai Whakaea. Available at: https://www.raukawasettlementjourney.org.nz/about-the-iwi/ (Accessed: 13 March 2024).