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Chief Uenukukōpako was a great-great-great-great grandson of Tamatekapua, captain of the Arawa canoe. His kurī dog was killed by Mataaho and Kawaarero, which was part of a long war in the Rotorua district. Uenukukōpako and his relative Rangiteaorere did eventually win the war and secured the settlement of the region for their descendants.


Today Uenukukōpako's descendants (Te Ure o Uenukukōpako / Ngāti Whakaue) populate Mokoia Island and the north-west side of Lake Rotorua.

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