Back in the mid 1800’s some Ngati Porou like Te Rakahurumai had a fleet of schooners they regularly sailed to Auckland to trade their goods like wheat, corn and pigs. On one trip they were forced to shelter in Kennedy Bay in the Coromandel and met the local chief Paora Te Putu. This began a long relationship between the two. Paora Te Putu would eventually gift 4339 acres of land to a number of Ngati Porou hapu. An uri of Ngati Porou ki Harataunga, Hamuera Maika is organising a day to commemorate this momentous occasion and he’s calling on the hapu of Te Aitanga a Mate, Te Aowera, Te Whanau a Iritekura, Te Whanau a Rakairoa, Ngati Tawera, Ngati Hoko, Ngati Rau and Te Whanau a Ruataupare to join in the celebrations in August. Hamuera spoke to Erana.