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2. - Taipa theua - namesake - Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand
The Polynesian colonists have often given the New Zealand countryside names from the legendary M?ui family. The Polynesian myth's cartoon character M?ui, and verbal lore about him can also be found in the western part to Yap in Micronesia and in the eastern part to Mangareva in French Polynesia, just East of Tahiti.
Approximately 4,000 years old, these customs were carried over hundreds of years of migrations from islands to islands. One of the most frequent stories is how M?ui has been fishing out of the ocean. On the North Isle is Te Ika-a-M?ui (the name of the fishing site M?ui) and it has the shape of a huge sting ray. As the discoverer James Cook asked M?ori for the name of the North Isle, he noted down "Eaheinomauwe".
It may have either He Mea-h?-n?-M?ui (the things that M?ui has picked up) or Te Ahi-a-M?ui (the fire from M?ui) - which refers to M?ui, which has caused fire in the whole word and the vulcanic natures of much of the isle. On the South Isle is Te Waka-a-M?ui, the kayak from which M?ui received its award.
Te Punga-a-M?ui, the anchoring block of the kayak, is Rakiura (Stewart Island). The name Hawaiki was the most important name from Polynesia. It is the place in the Mythologie from which all reward came, inclusive lives, nourishment and treasure. Sawaiki, probably the Lau Island in the east of Fiji, was the first Polynesian name for Hawaiki.
The first Polynesians may have passed over to Tonga and Samoa. Humans would name the isles they later found after this first Hawaiki, including: In New Zealand there are several places known as Hawaiki, among them Maket?, Aotea Harbour, Lake Rotong?io, Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf and the Auckland outskirts of Mt Eden.
Many Polynesians have the same name on M?ori. Whereas M?ori is related to other Polynesian tongues, some of the characters used in M?ori are slightly different in these of them. The guard hills on the western Rarotonga shore, among them Maunga Piko, Maunga Tea, Maunga Ko'u and Te R?inga-a-Pora, are located above a striking dark cliff named Te Rerenga Vairua.
This same name patterns is also found in New Zealand, where Maunga Piko, Whangakea, Maunga Kohu-a-naki and Te R?inga are the guardians on the east and west roads to Te Rerenga Wairua (the jump of the spirit) at Cape R?inga.