Toroa is the chief of the mataatua waka
the tohunga of the mataatua waka is taneatua
As the story was told by our old people,when Mataatua Waka landed at Whakatane Toroa the chief had a young brother named Puhi.in that time the two brothers didnt see eye to eye,so Puhi and his followers took the Waka Mataatua up North of New Zealand.Thats how our Whanau became Ngapuhi.There is alot more detail behind the story, this is only a short vertion.
I think I read this in 'Tuhoe, Children of the Mist' by Elsdon Best, that Mataatua means - Face of God.
Tainui Te Arawa Mataatua Takitimu Tokomaru Kurahaupo Aotea
Tainui, Te arawa, Mataatua, Takitimu, Tokomaru, Kurahaupo and Aotea.
Chief Kupe's waka is called Maataahouruaata and landed in Whanganiu-a-tara (near Wellington)
According to Maori native myths and legends, when the native Maori people arrived in New Zealand, they arrived in seven great Waka, or giant canoes, no-one knows where they originally came from, but all sensible answers point toward the pacific islands. When the Waka landed around the coast, they created the first seven tribes, and the Maori people started from that.
Tāneatua, half brother of Toroa.
Shakira song Waka Waka mean that inconswelo.
Otautahi Meaning the place of Tautahi a chief who arrived in one of the original waka (ocean going canoes)