continuing story of Ahu and Ahuahu her husband in a Maori village in Aotearoa
before European settlement of New
Zealand. In this episode Kamaka with his tongue in his cheek wants to take his first grandson, only a few days old, fishing! (Missed an episode? Click on Ahu in
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Ahu and his wives invited Kamaka and Hoata to
have a meal with them so they could make the names of the new babies known.
Moana was allowed to invite Paikea too and she was very pleased that he was
given permission to attend. Kamaka was very glad he now had a grandson which he
had particularly asked this of Ahuahu when Hatiti became his second wife.
All the children were very excited that there
was so many people gathered in their home and there was much laughter until
finally Kamaka said “What will you call your new children, Ahuahu?”
Ahuahu smiled at Kamaka and replied “Ahu and
Hatiti have asked that their names be the ones they have chosen.” Not revealing
that for all the other babies Ahu had given birth to she had named them as
well. “I have agreed to this as the names mean so much to all of us including
“Hatiti’s baby was born first and she asked
that his name be Rauora because she was saved from the tidal wave and was
restored to you as a daughter and able to bear you your grandchildren.” Then
added modestly, “It is also to thank me too because I was there.”
All the children clapped and then Hoata said “And
your daughter Ahu, what have you both called her?”
Ahu shyly looked up from cuddling her new
baby and nodded to Ahuahu to speak.
Ahuahu then continued “Ahu has chosen a name
to show that our new baby binds us all of us together. We have named her Houhia
and she is to remind all the children that we all belong to one another.
Kamaka nodded then said “That is all very well
but how soon can I take Rauora fishing with me?” And everyone laughed.
All this time Paikea and Moana were sitting
together and secretly linking and unlinking their fingers thinking no one could
see them. Ahu beckoned Tangaroa to her and told him to talk to Paikea as he did
not have anyone to talk to except Moana. So he went to talk to the two young
lovers and Moana glanced up to look at Ahu. Ahu merely nodded to indicate they
should talk to other people. Tangaroa though started the conversation asking Paikea
about his family.
“Paikea, do you have sisters?”
“They are much older and have married. They
are not in the village any more now they are married. One has gone far away
beyond the Big River and the other is inland beyond the
“So you have not seen them for some time?”
Paikea replied “I have not seen them since
they were married but my mother has been to see them both. The oldest sister Pania
is with child so my mother will want to visit her again when the baby is born.”
Having broken the ice with Paikea, Tangaroa
then suggested that Paikea come fishing with his father.
“Tangaroa” Paikea whispered “I am trying to
get Moana to live with me not the other way around.”
“You could live here” Tangaroa insisted
“There is plenty of room in Hatiti’s house.”
At this Moana giggled and shook her head. “One
day Paikea will have a house built just for him and me, but we can visit each
other’s houses now whenever we want. Do not worry Tangaroa, I will always be
part of this family and we will live in Black Sands.”
“In any case Tangaroa I should wait for
Ahuahu to ask me to go fishing,” said Paikea, “but who would help my father