Te Matau-a-Māui and Te Moana-a-Toitehuatahi

This year I have begun in earnest to learn Te Reo Māori. Currently I'm struggling with memorising and pronouncing some long placenames, but it turns out a bit of history helps, like this:

In Māori mythology, Cape Kidnappers is the hook of the jaw bone Māui used to haul up the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui – Māui’s fish) from under the sea. This is reflected in Hawke’s Bay’s Māori name, Te Matau-a-Māui, which means Māui’s fish hook. — [teara.govt.nz/en/hawkes...](https://teara.govt.nz/en/hawkes-bay-region/page-1)

Toitehuatahi (Toi the lone born) is an important early ancestor of Māori people. In some traditions he comes from Hawaiki, while in others he is indigenous to New Zealand. All, however, speak of his authority and prestige. … There are numerous place names and places associated with Toi, the most famous being the pā called Kaputerangi, the home of Toitehuatahi. Located above the present-day Whakatāne township, the pā affords a magnificent view of Te Moana-a-Toitehuatahi (the sea of Toitehuatahi) in the Bay of Plenty. — [teara.govt.nz/en/first-...](https://teara.govt.nz/en/first-peoples-in-maori-tradition/page-7)

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