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History of Auckland
Auckland was traditionally a Maori settlement and was known as Tamaki Makau Rau, meaning 'isthmus of one thousand lovers'. The area was first settled around 1350. The Maori constructed terraced pa (fortified villages) on volcanic peaks, this is the area known as Tamake Makau Rau. Ngati Whatua and Tainui are the two main tribes that traditionally occupied this area.
Chiefs in Auckland
Many tribes have fought, conquered and lost battles in Auckland. Te Hira Te Kawau lived most of his life at Okahu, he was a rangatira of Ngāti Whatua. He traced his descent to the Mahuhu waka. He was a high-born chief of Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), who took part in many land sales with the Crown.
His father was Apihai Te Kawau, who was one of the many chiefs who signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 20 March 1840 at Orakei. His mother was Kirepiro of Te Taou.
The most well known thing Te Hira is remembered for is his forming part of a small group of chiefs, which also included his father Apihai and his cousin Paora Tuhaere. This group played a big part in what was to happen to some of Auckland land. .
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