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What does Ngati Tarara mean?

Tarara is the maori word for persons of Yugoslav descent. Yugoslav men came to New Zealand in the late 1800's and became kauri gum diggers searching for kauri gum. These men married local maori women and together they bred descendants into fair skinned, green eyed descendants walking amongst local maori. Hence the name tarara, as maori could not pronounce Yugoslavia or Croatia.

Ngāti is the Māori word for tribe. 'Tarara' is an onomatopoeic word refering to fast speech, similar in kind to 'blahblahblah'.