Three daughters of Poroumata

The three daughters of Poroumata, Materoa, Tāwhipare and Te Ataakura are considered by Sir Apirana Ngata, to be ‘amongst the most outstanding members of the Porourangi line who bred its greatest chiefs and most celebrated warriors.’ (ref: Porourangi School of Maori Culture, rauru-nui-a-toi course).
 
To avenge the murder of Poroumata, Tūwhakairiora (son of Te Ataakura) set out to annihilate Ngāti Ruanuku from the north, while from the south his nephew Pākanui (grandson of Materoa) and his army swept through Te Wahineiti and the remaining Ngāti Ruanuku people. These two ancestors, Tūwhakairiora and Pākanui have had enormous influence in the modern settlement of Ngati Porou, and provide an important genealogical foundation for all of Porourangi’s descendants.