Toroa Ngātauerua, 1881-1955 (Ngāti Tū, Ngāruahinerangi)
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Tohunga Toroa Ngātauerua was from Ngāti Tū hapū of Ngāruahinerangi iwi. Raised and taught in the wānanga of old, he spent time at Parihaka studying under the prophets Te Tohu Kakahi and Te Whiti o Rongomai. Knowledgeable in ancient lore, rituals and the oral traditions of the Taranaki people, he was eloquent in both Pākehā and te reo Māori.
It is because of this expertise that Toroa was invited to undertake the task of welcoming home the 28th Māori Battalion and remove the tapu from the returning soldiers. This was considered a high honour among the people of Ngāruahinerangi and was greatly celebrated at the time.
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