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History of Manukau

History of Manukau


Maori oral tradition tells of the portage of the waka (canoe) Tainui from the Tamaki River to the harbour in the west. As the voyagers paddled down the harbour, a Tainui elder was alarmed by what he believed to be human voices. Later the cries were discovered to be birds. The phrase manu kau noa iho, which translates as 'they were only birds', has remained in condensed form as Manukau Harbour.



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