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Who are Ngati Hinewaka
Hinewaka came to Wairarapa from Heretaunga along with several other Ngati Kahungunu migrants. She was given land on the southern Wairarapa coast at Te Oroi and occupied the pa at Te Mawe. Some of Ngati Hinewaka main pa were Titirangi, Pukeatua and Karearea where they remained undefeated.
Hinewaka and her husband Tamaitohikura share several ancestors of Ngai Tara, Rangitane, Ngati Ira and Ngati Kahungunu iwi whose descendants have occupied the Wairarapa coastal and wider east coast regions for many hundreds of years.
They had six children, the eldest, Te Ikahoungata, was female and all the rest were male.
Another migrant from Heretaunga was Te Rangitawhanga. His father Rakaiwerohia was killed during an argument with his sister, Hineterangi. Hineterangi is an ancestor of Hinewaka and Tamaitohikura.
Hinewaka's eldest son, Ngaokoiterangi, was killed by Te Hiha, a descendant of Te Rangitawhanga, at Ahuriri Pa, Waikekeno. Retribution for this death was arranged by another of Hinewaka's sons, Hikarara, and resulted in peace with Te Hiha.
Another tragedy occurred around the Matakitaki a Kupe area where Te Puhinahina (of Ngati Hinewaka) was killed by her husband. The offender's hapu was decimated by Ngati Hinewaka and land was taken.
After these engagements in which Ngäti Hinewaka was assisted by other coastal hapu, important marriages took place between these groups and 'upoko' (heads) of hapu were settled in selected places from the mouth of the Ruamahanga river right along the eastern coastline to Castlepoint.
Te Kai a te Kokopu, a prominent tipuna of Ngati Hinewaka, was one such 'upoko' who was settled at Te Kakau, near White Rock: 'Ka poua ko Te Kai a te Kokopu ki te matamata ki te Kakau'.
Hapu represented within the Wai 959 claim with whom there are important reciprocal traditional and whakapapa relationships are:
Ngati Hinewaka ----- Ngati Te Kawekairangi
Ngati Rongomaiaia ----- Ngati Hinetauira
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