THE ANCIENT HISTORY OF THE MAORI, HIS MYTHOLOGY AND TRADITIONS. NGA-TI-WHATUA [VOL. IX]
LETTER FROM JAMES MACKAY TO MR. H. SMITH, OCTOBER 1859
I was told that those wild or uncivilized Natives belonged to a tribe called Ngatimamoe, that they had been one of the strongest and most numerous of the aboriginal tribes of the Middle Island, but from the incessant wars which raged between them and the Ngaitahu they had become so reduced in numbers, that the remnant, amounting to about thirty (chiefly men) withdrew to the mountain fortresses, west of Lakes Hawea and Whanaka (Oanaka on charts), from which they could not be driven.