Ngaa puke ki Hauraki ka tarehua
E mihi ana ki te whenua
E tangi ana ki te tangata
Ko Te Aroha kei roto, ko Moehau kei waho
Ko Hauraki te whenua
Ko Tiikapa te moana
Ko Marutuuahu te tangata
Tihei mauri ora!
Welcome to the official website of the Ngaati Whanaunga Iwi Authority – (Ngaati Whanaunga Incorporated Society)
Ngaati Whanaunga is an independent iwi in its own right and is made up of several distinct hapuu and whaanau. The breadth and width of the tribal rohe is captured within the tribal saying “Mai Matakana ki Matakana”.
This tribal motto of the Marutuuahu tribes refers to the extent of Ngaati Whanaunga mana whenua, both shared and exclusive within the geographical context, from the tip of Matakana Island (Tauranga harbour) in the south to Matakana (Warkworth) in the North.
Whanaunga’s father was Marutuuahu. Marutuuahu is the name of a confederation (Whakaminenga) of tribes of Pare Hauraki, and consists of the iwi whom are descended from Marutuuahu’s marriages to two sisters from Ngaati Pou (te uri o Poutukeka) of the Wharekawa and Taamaki. Their names were Paremoehau and Hineurunga, both daughters of Ruahiore. The tribes who constitute this confederation have taken the names of the children from the marriages described above.
From the first marriage came Tamatepoo, Tamateraa and Whanaunga (Ngaati Whanaunga), from the second marriage came Te Ngako and Taurakapakapa. These tupuna are the progenitors of the tribes that make up the many hapuu of the Marutuuahu of Pare Hauraki.
Tamatepoo (of Tamatepoo and consist of Ngaati Rongo-u, Ngaati Pakira, Te Uringahu) among others
Ngaati Tamateraa (of Tamateraa) and its many hapuu
Ngaati Whanaunga (of Whanaunga) and its many hapuu
Ngaati Maru (of Te Ngako and Taurakapakapa) and its many hapuu
Ngaati Paaoa (of Tamateraa’s granddaughter Tukutuku and her husband Paaoa of Waikato) and its many hapuu.
Here you will find yourself and the deeds of your fore fathers.
Here you will be able to join the whaanau and its hapuu of Ngaati Whanaunga to realise the dreams and aspirations of our tupuna Te Horeta, Kiitahi, Puakanga, Te Kupenga ma when they marked their tohu (signature) to te Tiriti o Waitangi both at Waiau and Tamaki in 1840.
Nau mai haere mai!