Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae is are based at Arahura a short distance from Hokitika on West Coast.
Tūhuru was a chief of Ngāti Waewae, a hapu of Ngāi Tahu. He reached adulthood during a turbulent period in the Māori history of the South Island.
In the eighteenth century Ngāi Tahu from Canterbury went to the source of greenstone in the Arahura and Mawhera (Grey) regions of the West Coast, and fought with the local people, Ngāti Wairangi.
The final defeat of Ngāti Wairangi took place in the Paparoa Range, after which a meeting of Tūhuru and his party was held at Rūnanga.
Tūhuru and his people established a new pa at Mawhera and settled there. They were known as Poutini Ngāi Tahu, the Ngāi Tahu people of the West Coast.
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