The first Kaiteri were Tuatahi and Tiaka, who were born on Notutere Oganahere (forest of Gan) in the warm ocean of Ukaipo (mother ocean). Their son was Kuao. Later famous descendants were the tall Salasi who was good with the spear and had a Tao bird, and Naneriki, who is older than Tuatahi in some tales. Naneriki was clumsy and swam on the surface with his feet.

The first colonies were Kakanui and Waipara.


Millennia ago, when they still called themselves Waikanu, each iwi had a capital and was a separate nation. Though they don’t like to remember, there was a terrible war as they fought for world dominance. Eventually, the fight was between the Areha and the Kenaki. Finally, over the centuries, the capital on Kahawaiti alternated between the Arehatanga capital and the Kenakitanga capital, although it spent more time at the Arehatanga capital. Each iwi still has a provincial capital. Once they unified, they called themselves Waitaha.


On Kahawaiti, they ate Pouakai [moa] and ate from the karaka tree. They mined pakohe. Other Waitaha were Waiwhero (male), Te Anau (female), and Aparina (female).(11-16-09)*


The expansion of their sun Akotearoa caused Kahawaiti to heat up; Kaiteri became sick, and some died. About 5,000 to 3,000 years ago, as they were preparing another planet, Araparoha/Waipuna, to be their new home, the Republic made contact with the Ta’anata and the Kaiteri, and the Republic was asked for help. The explorers said they would get back to them, but they never did. The Ta’anata and Kaiteri were able to do it themselves, but fewer would have died if the Republic had helped. (1-28-12)*

They knew that their new home would be a little smaller, so they decided that the Ta’anata would live on the moon, Tehikamaui, as would elderly Kaiteri who would benefit from a lighter gravity. As the new home was further from the sun, it was a darker world. Because the moon, Tehikamaui was so big and so close as to make it a double system, the tides were daily tidal waves. The Kaiteri would have had to live on the bluffs, but then they could not live on the coast and bob in the ocean everyday, which is very important to the Kaiteri. So they set up sun barges to brighten the world and created barrier islands to take the brunt of the tidal waves. However, because Kaiteri were dying of heat exhaustion, they had to move before all the changes were effected. (1-28-12)*

The Times of Troubles

This includes the time leading up to the migration, the migration, and getting adjusted to the new planet. The barrier island system was not finely tuned when they arrived, and stray tidal waves came in, causing death and destruction. Some areas were dark because the sun barges were not correctly arranged. There was mass mourning as two cultures mourned the loss of their planet. (1-28-12)*

The migration from Kahawaiti is called the Pirere by the Kaiteri and the Hekenga by the Ta’anata. For the Ta’anata, Kupe (male), and Kura and Te Aparangi (female), were leaders. The lead ship was called the Natahorua.

For the Kaiteri, the leaders were Rekeha, his wife Waiareha, their son, Hokoa, and his wife Kepete. The first Kaiteri came from Patenao on Kahawaiti, and they came on the Harapanu, but most came on the Uruao. Others came with Tegaka on the Katihimu. Some went with Natape on the Arapa and went to Tehikamaui. The last leaders to bring Kaiteri to Araparoha were Nonongia and his son Tauhanga on the Kapukariki [it's a pa in reality].(11-16-09)*

For the Kahurangi specifically, the most famous Kahurangi were a group of women, Naterihi and her daughters Waipuna (who gave her name to the seas), Wahiti, Wehita, Huhona, Akokai, and Hokuna. Iheka (Areha), and his wife Naia (Kahurangi), first lived on the island of Nonotaha. Early lovers on Nenetaha include Tekekai and Henemea. Other early male Kahurangi of different areas were Te’ehu, Nitepa, Ritehe, and Anakeha that came on the Arapa ship. Other early male leaders were Tehirani, Whana, Nekeperi, Tiku, and Tepete-uri. Early female leaders were Waireta and Ritepeti.

(The Natiti also took some Kaiteri to the moon. Later, others came on the Natahua, and the Natahua was one of the last to go to Araparoha). (11-16-09)*

The first place the Waitaha landed on Araparoha was New Whakatu.(11-16-09)* New Whakatu is named after the last capital island on Kahawaiti. They were very careful to include all the Kaiteri on the capital island. They pleased the Kahurangi by having bays with little waves. They imported lots of prize kohatu to please the Potetea. They added a cultural scene for the Rahi and planted their favorite bushes. The new leader always meets with representatives of each iwi and invites them to live in the capital. Most iwis have distinct areas, except that the Potetea and Kenaki tend to live amongst each other.

The first islands they settled on the new planet were named Kuatahi, Tiaka, Kuao, and Naneriki after early Waipanu.

On Araparoha/Waipuna, the Kaiteri don’t call themselves Waitaha anymore, but Tahu, from the first leader on Araparoha, Tahu Potiki.(11-16-09)*


In general, the Ta’anata were the first to recover, and they had a more dominant role in Kaiteri politics than at other times. Besides, because of their work in moving the prostrate Kaiteri, all Ta’anata were given free items for a generation after the move. Of the Kateri, the Areha were generally the first to recover, and they took over Kaiteri politics. However, the Kenaki, Potetea, and Patari also recovered about the same time, and the Kenaki reasserted their role in politics as well. The more sedentary, conservative Kahurangi and Rahi were the last to recover (1-28-12).*

The Kaiteri instituted Waitaha Days in memory of what they had lost. At first, all songs and stories were about Kahawaiti or about their struggles on the new planet, but eventually, they began thinking about their new planet in a positive sense (1-28-12).*

The Republic made contact again while the Ta’anata and a few Areha were making all the decisions, as the rest of the population had yet to adapt to the new planet. This time, the Republic kept in mimimal contact with Araparoha/Waipuna and Tehikamaui (1-28-12).*

Age of Awakening

Finally, around the same time, there arose a famous songwriter, pebble painter, and a cook, ushering in the Age of Awakening as the Kaiteri adapted to Waipuna. The Rahi again became known for singing and artwork, the Patari became known for cooking, the Areha for diving, the Potetea for swimming fast, and the Kahurangi and Patari for their homes (1-28-12).*


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*Date of discovery.