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Te Rau­paraha was born in 1768, the year be­fore Cap­tain Cook’s ar­rival in New Zealand. His fa­ther was Wer­aw­era, a chief of the Ngati Toa tribe. Te Rau­paraha’s mother was Pareko­hatu, from the Ngati Ruakawa tribe. The Te Rau­paraha haka is prob­a­bly the best known of all haka. The All Blacks per­form it be­fore matches.

Te Rangi­haeata was a mem­ber of Ngati Toa and was born in about 1780. His fa­ther was Te Raka­herea and his mother was the el­der sis­ter of Te Rau­paraha. Te Rangi­haeata grew up in Te Rau­paraha’s shadow and be­came his trusted ally.

Te Rau­paraha was the strate­gist and ne­go­tia­tor, whereas Te Rangi­haeata tended to be the ac­tive war­rior.

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