Courage & Commitment, Kia Kaha, Kia Maia

Teroro o terangi House

Teroro o terangi was the eldest son of Ariariterangi and was a fierce warrior and strong leader of his people. Teroro o terangi was also a man of great compassion. During a battle on the lakes edge of Sulphur Point, he uttered a powerful whakatauaki to his people, “Ruia taitea, ruia taitea, kia tu ko kaha ko ahau anake – Peel away the bark and outer softwood to reveal the hardwood at the heart of the tree, myself. Let those who are afraid leave now. If needs be, I alone will face the enemy”. The famous battle where Teroro o terangi lost his life was known as Tawharakurupeti, after the area within the grounds of the Government Gardens where the battle took place.

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