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History of Te Whakarewarewa name

Waihiao was a great ancestor to the people of Te Whakarewarewa Valley. To scare off the enemy before a blow was even struck, Wahiao and his warriors would perform a fierce haka (war dance).

The haka would have been an intimidating scene, as countless rows of warriors leapt in the air, causing the ground to shake as they stamped their feet powerfully and roared the words of their war chant.

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