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Topic: Te Āti Awa
Te Āti Awa of north Taranaki is one of several closely related tribes originating from the ancestor Awanuiarangi. According to tribal traditions, Awanuiarangi had a semi-divine origin. He was conceived from the union of an earthly mother, Rongoueroa, and Tamarau-te-heketanga-a-rangi, a spirit that descended from the sky.
Te Āti Awa in Taranaki are located on the coast between Ōnukutaipari, near New Plymouth, and Te Rau o te Huia, near Motunui. Before the arrival of Europeans this territory sustained Te Āti Awa, who cultivated some 32 km of coastline and a large undulating fertile plain that extends inland for several kilometres. The inland boundary is somewhat contested, but two markers that are generally acknowledged are a promontory on the north-east slopes of Mt Taranaki, called Tāhunatūtawa, and the inland Matemateaonga Ranges.
Source: Peter Adds. 'Te Āti Awa of Taranaki - Origins and lands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 4-Mar-09