continuing story of Ahu and Ahuahu her husband in a Maori village in Aotearoa
before European settlement of New
Zealand. (Missed an episode? Click on Ahu in
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Secretly Ahuahu asked Moana and Paikea to
visit her mother and brothers at the village where the Kaka calls and he sent
Tangaroa with them telling his wives, “That is so people will think that we want
Tangaroa to know more about life than fishing” but in reality it was so there
would be no suspicion that he was delivering a message to Hinewai that Kamaka
and he would see her again.
Moana told him after her visit that Hinewai
was completely unaware that so much had happened at Black Sands since her
banishment. When Hinewai looked on Paikea she was filled with great sorrow that
she could not have made a marriage such as Moana had.
When Hinewai was alone with Tangaroa she
could see Ahuahu in him. It was to his surprise that as they rubbed noses, she
wrapped him in her arms as though he were still a little boy.
It was then when he was alone with Hinewai he
said “I have a message for you”. She nodded in reply but not letting go of him.
“Ahuahu will bring your father Kamaka to
visit you soon.” He then whispered as her eyes lit up, “Ahuahu my father wishes
to discuss only the pakeha with you. He said you do not need to talk of the
hurt you have suffered to anyone.”
“Do you know what he means, Tangaroa?”
Tangaroa shook his head. Hinewai then bent
forward and said “I understand, it will be good to see my father and Ahuahu
"Why did you hold me so, Hinewai?" Tangaroa asked.
Hinewai smiled at him, "Ahu and Ahuahu have sent you as a lucky talisman to tell me that they have forgotten the past, they have forgiven me by sending someone very precious to talk to me."
Later back at Black Sands Kamaka was overjoyed when he heard that he would see his
younger daughter Hinewai and he had difficulty in remaining calm as he
and Ahuahu made their way to the village in the forest a few days later.
They were greeted as usual by Hauku’s
children who fetched her and she was pleased once again to have visitors from
the coast. Kamaka gave her a basket of fish and thanked her for looking after
With that Hinewai emerged from the hut,
holding Hauku’s youngest child on her hip. Delighted that they had arrived she
immediately put the child down and greeted her father Kamaka. “Come in we must
talk” she said and then turning to Ahuahu greeted him “Thank you Ahuahu.”
With that Ahuahu nodded his head smiling and
approached her and rubbed noses with her. “Go talk with your father and I will speak with you later myself”.
Hauku then said to Ahuahu, “It was good to see
Moana and Paikea here we are so proud of her”.
“She is very strong, Hauku” then after a
pause Ahuahu continued, “And wise too. There is much Paikea can learn from
At this Hauku looked at him quizzically. “I
do not understand”.
“She has understanding beyond her years, his
father hopes some will rub off on Paikea.” He said with a smile. Hauku smiled
too but uncertainly.
Later when Ahuahu spoke to Hinewai she
confirmed that the northern villages had been trading weapons with the pakeha.
“Do they now have the stick that explodes,
She nodded, “It is called a musket, Ahuahu.”
Do many villages have them?”
Hinewai nodded doubtfully, “A few yes, but they have traded many other things.”
Ahuahu’s heart fell, not more to change to
their way of life he thought. Hinewai saw his face and smiled “No, no this is
good, it is called potato. It is easier to grow than our kumara which men have
to help us with, but any woman can grow potatoes and they are good to eat.”
They talked more of the pakeha and which
villages might have weapons. At last Ahuahu had to ask outright “Hinewai, does
Rocky Outcrop have the musskett?”
Hinewai smiled at the way he said the word and nodded, “How is it that Black Sands
have not heard of all this, Ahuahu? Has life really gone on just as it used to
“Yes, Hinewai, We are not important. We fish
and try to upset no one and we have the hot
springs to enjoy, but all this will not last long, I can
see that. This village too is isolated like us and it is safe for you now. But now I
have a hard task in telling our village council of these things that are happening. It is lucky we do no have any arguments with Rocky Outcrop.”
“Ahuahu you must forgive me for what I did in
“That is all over now, Hinewai. The gods
turned away when you were being hurt, and we did too, I should apologise to you.
You are with us again now and everyone is thankful.”
She came up close to
Ahuahu to talk to him, ”I must tell you more about the muskets…” and
her words were so quiet that no one else could hear her whisper as she spoke to him.
After she had finished talking Ahuahu looked
around for Kamaka, “We will return to Black Sands when you are ready, I must speak
with our village council.” With that he reached out and touched her hand. “Be
safe now, Hinewai.”
Kamaka nodded sadly he looked at Hinewai with
love, he had found his daughter again but seeing her and Ahuahu speak he knew
that their way of life was changing too even though he did not understand what she
After they had gone
Hinewai cried tears that did not stop until she remembered him touching her
hand, he really had forgiven her.