Te Aoturoa, Te Paerangi and Tāhekeroa were the first three island nations on the path to Rarohenga. Tāhekeroa was the largest battle against Whiro in the ‘long descent’ of banishment. When we go to Rarohenga we are destined for that ‘long descent’ via Tāhekeroa. When Mataora pursued his wife Niwareka, it was a difficult path he needed to navigate. Looking deep into the sub terrain with what would justifiably be a significant level of anxiety, Mataora is having to face his fears as he becomes the best version of himself.