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Aorangi Island was home to the Ngatitoki people who lived there on a more permanent basis. They were, for the most part self-sufficient, growing their own vegetables and harvesting the plentiful seafood from the surrounding waters. They also traded with Maori on the adjacent coast for estuarine and Harbour shellfish, obsidian, rounded stones for soil conditioning and totara logs for building.

The last chief of the islands was a warrior called Tatua who lived on Aorangi but also ruled Tawhiti Rahi.
Oral history suggests that sometime around 1820 Tatua left the islands with his warriors to join the notorious Hongi Hika on a fighting expedition to the Hauraki Gulf. During his absence an Aorangi slave by the name of Paha escaped and made his way to Hokianga where he reported to Chief Waikato of the Hikutu tribe that the islands lay undefended.

Chief Waikato, having been insulted by Tatua several years previously when he was refused pigs he had come to trade for, immediately gathered his [edit text]  [editors]

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