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.