heavens, so was Wairangi below on the earth. Again the question flew, ‘Is that your husband?’ Back came the answer from the woman, ‘Yes, that is he.’ Then Tupeteka descended, and thrusting aside the crowds of people, he came quite close to the front of the (ranks of the) haka. Here he lay down upon his back to watch. Then Wairangi began:
‘The first is for battle, the third and the fourth.’ Now the one hundred and forty men held their short clubs concealed behind their backs, stuck in their war belts. When they came to the concluding words of Wairangi's haka—‘a te’—their hands grasped their clubs; ‘a ta’—the clubs were drawn forth; ‘a tau’—the party attacked and began to kill. The first man to be slain was Tupeteka, who was killed by Wairangi. The people of Te Aea were killed and that pa was taken by the force of Wairangi. Some were slain in the water. The thatch and rushes from the houses were thrown into the river. Three bends of the river remained ere the forces from Hauraki would arrive. They met the blood, the thatch, and rushes from the pa (drifting down), and knowing the pa had fallen, they fled.
Parewhete had climbed upon the roof of her house and was saved. Thus Wairangi regained his wife and returned to his home at Rurunui.
From Vol. XIX, No. 4,
Journal of the Polynesian Society.
A custom practised by the Maori people to revive persons apparently drowned was recently found most efficacious.
The Maori custom is to hang the drowned person by the heels with the head down, and just clear of a fire, from which the smoke can circulate freely to the drowned person. It was recently tried on a child in the far south, and was successful.