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aka-enua

an ancient custom that was observed in former times by a voyaging chiefm who, upon arrival at an island, or land, claimed hospitality and friendship as of right, because of blood right to land and blood relationship to the chief thereof: aka-enua really means a demand, claim, and disclosure of land rights and blood relationship rights, and was only used when a refusal was given to a person refusing to allow that person to set foot upon the shores of the land. Literally it means, a root or branch of the land or family that owned the land. In the olden days persons often exercised this right, although they never actually resided or occupied the land, but knew from family connections and other circumstances , that they had the right to do so. The following extract from the Tangiia-nui history Tutua Taito at page 12 will serve as an example of its use: