Wednesday, 16 March 2016 01:37 | Paurini | News
TE MATAPIHI O REHUA, a famous Kairākau of NGĀTI WHAKAUE, is called on to defend his village in single combat against Tūwharetoa’s champion. Upon the realization that his enemy to be is his childhood friend MAKOIROA, TE MATAPIHI O REHUA forgoes combat.TE WHANOA, with the weight of his village and the burden of his brother’s with-drawl answers the call.
MAKOIROA is killed, Tūwharetoa retreat and TE WHANOA is celebrated. Whether out of shame, loss or regret, TE MATAPIHI O REHUA paddles to the deepest part of the lake, beyond Muruika, and sinks, never to resurface. This episode is a story of bonds, expectations and the battle that is waged deep inside the heart of two brothers, two Kairākau.