The Ancient History of the Maori, His Mythology and Traditions. Nga-Puhi [Vol. X, English]
Tana Rongomai ka pae whenua mai
e rongo rei au ko Tara-mai-nuku
hoki kautu ki te rangi
te manawa o Kupe
tepea hoki ra to tapuwae nui
te hoa ia ai hei ara mo hou
e tau atu koe ki te kawe a riri
te nui o Te puhi (Ngapuhi)
kia whakarongo koke
nga wai tangi rua
i raro te Karaka
a werohia koe
me hipoko koe
ki te manu tangi mai
pupuha ka-rere te toto manu-mea
tuhi ana i te rangi"
Extract from "Te Waka Maori O Niu Tirani"
It is with feelings of real regret that we take up our pen to chronicle the death of one of the most simple-minded and scrupulously honest of New Zealand chiefs—Ihaka Whanga, of the Ngatirakai-paka hapu, of the Mahia, Hawke's Bay who died on the 14th of December, instant. He was a most zealous supporter of law and order, a staunch and abiding friend, and a magnanimous and merciful enemy in war. He was an Assessor, and one of the last of the old warrior chieftains of the north end of Hawke's Bay. His influence among the tribes on the East Coast generally was great, and there was not a man among the old settlers and whalers who did not highly respect him. He was always anxious to have Europeans settled near him, and was of great assistance to Mr McLean (now Sir Donald McLean) in bringing about the sale to the Government of the Wairoa and Mahia blocks of land in the year 1864. Te Mahia was his principal place of residence—a place famed in many a Maori story and legend. It has ever been regarded by the Natives with peculiar interest as a place associated with many by-gone memories. There aged men have sat, and in imagination fought their battles over again, whilst relating to their sons tales of enterprise and desperate valour—scenes of bloodshed and fearful slaughter. There their fathers fought and bled, and died; and there in peace now rest their bones.
Ihaka Whanga was always a firm ally of the Government, and he took a very active part in the wars against the Hau Haus in Hawke's Bay some years back.