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The Tararua Mountains that divide the Wellington Region from east to west are named after him also.

The name Tararua is derived from the saying "Ngā waewae e rua a Tara" or "the spanned legs of Tara", meaning that his people had a foothold on either side of these ranges.

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Ngāti Tama was the first of the Taranaki people to settle near Lake Wairarapa in the late 1820s.

In 1834, a series of battles between the West Coast tribes (Ātiawa, Ngāti Tama and Ngāti Mutunga) and Wairarapa Māori led to the exodus of the Rangitāne and Kahungunu inhabitants back to their relations at Mahia.

Tara and Tautoki and their people migrated to, and settled throughout, the lower North Island.

Their descendants include the tribes of Ngai Tara, Rangitāne, Muaupoko, Ngāti Apa, and Ngāti Ira.

The next arrivals were Ngāti Kahungunu who descends from the Takitimu waka.

They settled extensively throughout the East Coast from Mahia Peninsula down to Wairarapa.The Remutaka, Tararua and Ruahine mountains make up the spine of the fish.Kupe is generally considered to be the first Polynesian explorer to come to this area.The head of the fish, in Māori thinking, is the sweetest part.Modern archaeology has confirmed that sites found in the Palliser Bay area of south Wairarapa, along the southern Wellington coastline and on Kapiti Island are some of the oldest recorded sites in New Zealand, dating back some 650 years.His influence is evident in the names around the region.

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