During the 18th century the Maungatautari/Karapiro area was relatively peaceful and settled. Ngāti Raukawa dominated the Maungatautari slopes at the beginning of this period. One identifiable kainga of Ngāti Raukawa was Haowhenua (to the left of Luck at Last Road). Hape’s descendants spread along the southern side of the Waikato River, while Haua’s spread along the northern side and across to Matamata.

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