Reitu & Reipae

 

Reitū and Reipae were known to be two beautiful twins that hailed from Tainui. They were both young and famous women who lived in Waikato and were described as red-haired with green eyes. Word of their immeasurable beauty spread to the far North, to Ngāpuhi, where the handsome chieftain Ueoneone resided.  Ueoneone hoped to sweep Reitū off her feet and take her hand in marriage. Therefore, he cast a spell over his messenger falcon, a Kārearea, which would fly to Reitū and safely guide her back to Pawarenga, to the home of Ueoneone.

The Kārearea soon arrived at Tauranga-mirumiru, the house where Reitū and Reipae settled. It directed Reitū across great distances to reach beyond Tāmaki to Kaipara.  Unknowingly, Reipae had followed Reitū, and when they arrived in Kaipara, Reipae met a man known as Korowharo. Reitū continued to pursue the guiding Kārearea, leaving Reipae to take Korowharo as her husband. Reitū eventually reached Pawarenga and met Ueoneone at a place known as Ngutu-pakapaka. This led to their marriage and the birth of two children, Kauae and Tawake-iti. Ngāpuhi and Tainui are forever connected through Reitū and Reipae.

 

He māhanga ātaahua a Reitū rāua ko Reipae nō Tainui.  He rongonui ngā tokorua nei i nōhia i te rohe o Waikato.  E kī ana te kōrero, he panewhero, he kākāriki ō rāua mata.  I rongonuitia ai tō rāua ātaahua i te Tai Tokerau, i roto o Ngāpuhi, i roto hoki o te kāinga i nohoia ai e te rangatira purotu e Ueoneone. I te hiahia a Ueoneone i a Reitū hei wahine mōna.  Nā, i karakiatia e Ueoneone kia rere mai ai tana Kārearea ki te tiki i a Reitū, ā, ka ārahina kia haere atu a Reitū ki Pawarenga, ki te kāinga o Ueoneone.

Kāre i roa, ka tau mai te Kārearea ki runga o Tauranga-mirumiru, ki te kāinga o Reitū rāua ko Reipae.  I ārahina a Reitū e te Kārearea i runga i te mata o te whenua, ki tua atu i a Tāmaki, ki Kaipara.  Kīhai a Reitū i mōhio, i whai hoki atu a Reipae i a ia ki Kaipara. I tō rāua tāenga ki Kaipara, ka tūtaki atu a Reipae ki tētehi tāne, ki a Korowharo.  Na, i whai tonu a Reitū i te Kārearea, i mahue atu a Reipae kia piri tahi rāua ko Korowharo hei tāne mōna.   Nāwai rā, ka tae atu a Reitū ki Pawarenga, ka tūtakina ki a Ueoneone ki tētehi wāhi e kī ana ko Ngutu-pakapaka.  Ka mutu ka moe tahi rāua, ā, ka hapū a Reitū, kātahi ka puta mai a rāua tamariki tokorua, ko Kauae rāua ko Tawake-iti.  Nā, ka mau tonu te hono a Ngāpuhi me Tainui i roto i ēnei moenga, ake tonu atu.

References

Pei Te Hurinui Jones and Bruce Biggs, Ngā iwi o Tainui. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1995, pp. 136-137.

Tags

Reitū; Reipae; Tainui; Waikato; North; Ngāpuhi; Ueoneone; Kārearea; Pawarenga; Tauranga-mirumiru; Tāmaki; Kaipara; Korowharo; Ngutu-pakapaka; Kauae; Tawake-iti;