"Hei konei ra, e Te Puna o Te Ao
Marama. Ka hoki nei tënei, e kore e hoki anga nui mai."
"Farewell, Spring of The World of Light. This one is going home and will not return again."
On arrival of Kupe back in Hawaiki, there was a great war raging and Nukutäwhiti asked his grandfather Kupe for the great waka Matawhaorua to take his people away to the new land of Aotearoa. Kupe agreed and Nukutäwhiti asked that the waka be re-fitted to take more people.
Two toki pounamu were
used on the waka Matawhaorua to re-fit it for its return journey to Aotearoa.
The pounamu for the toki were found by Ngahue and returned to Hawaiki with
Kupe where two toki were made. The names of these two toki
At the completion of the re-fit, karakia were done to release the mana of the old commander (Kupe) from the Matawhaorua and to replace it with the mana of the new commander (Nukutäwhiti). The waka then became known as the Ngä Toki Matawhaorua (Ngätokimatawhaorua) to recognise the original name and the contribution of ngä toki in its re-fit.
The Ngätokimatawhaorua was made tapu by Kupe and was not able to carry kai and so a sister vessel to accompany it on it journey was found. This was the Mämari, commanded by Rüänui (married to Niwa, te tuahine o Nukutäwhiti).
Kupe gave four taniwha
to Nukutäwhiti and Rüänui to accompany them on their journey
Four other "wairua"
taniwha were sent with the Ngätokimatawhaorua and Mämari to accompany
2. Kanapu-i-te-rangi (Lightning of the day) & Te-tuhi-o-te-pö (The glow of the night) with Mämari.