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The younger Tuiterai, whose birth I have ventured to date, like that of his brother Aromaiterai, between the years 1690 and 1700, married Teroroeora i Fareroi; that is to say, a daughter of the chief of Haapape; and this was the relationship which made the Papara family at home in Haapape when Wallis and Cook appeared there. The marriage must have taken place about 1720.

The eldest son of Tuiterai and Teroroeora or Aroroerua was Tevahitua i Patea, who must have been born about 1720-1725. Besides this son, Tevahitua, there was the daughter Tetuaunurau, already mentioned as marrying her cousin Aromaiterai; there was a Tauraatua of whom we know nothing; and there was another son Manea, from whom we are directly descended in the fourth generation.

Tevahitua seems to have been recognized as head-chief of the Tevas, although his cousin and brother-in law Aromaiterai may have had an equal seat in the Marae of Mataoa and quite as much influence with the Hiva. The only tradition left in the family from this long division in the last century is that there were always at Papara an Aromaiterai and a Tuiterai, and that they never could agree. Probably they agreed still less after Tevahitua’s marriage, which must have taken place about 1750.

If a family must be ruined by a woman, perhaps it may as well be ruined thoroughly and brilliantly by a woman who makes it famous. Te vahine Airorotua i Ahurai i Farepua, and of most of the other highest


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