Tia (Māori explorer)

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In Māori traditions, Tia was an early Māori explorer and chief. He is responsible for the names of various features and settlements around the central North Island. Horohoro is named after an incident when he touched the dead body of an important chief and was cleansed by a priest in a ceremony known as Te Horohoroinga-nui-a-Tia (the great cleansing of Tia). Ātiamuri means Tia who follows behind due to the murkiness of the Waikato River leading him to believe someone was ahead of him. A set of river rapids along the river, near present-day Wairākei became known as Aratiatia (the stairway of Tia). Along the shores of Lake Taupo he noticed some peculiar coloured cliffs that resembled his rain coat and named them "the great cloak of Tia" or Taupō-nui-a-Tia in Maori.This name was later shortened and given to the lake and township. [1]

Māori people Indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand

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Horohoro is a rural farming community 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south-west of Rotorua, New Zealand. Horohoro is a prominent landmark in the Rotorua area: a flat topped mountain with perpendicular cliffs. It is the traditional home of Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuara whose ancestors related an incident in which Kahumatamomoe, a Te Arawa chief, washed his hands in a stream at the northern end of the Horohoro mountain. Hence the full name of the mountain is Te Horohoroinga o ngā ringa o Kahumatamomoe.

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  1. Martin Wikaira (March 2009). "Ngāti Tūwharetoa - The journeys of Ngātoroirangi and Tia". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.