Te Iwi o Ngātiwai

Manaia picNgātiwai is unified by its descent from one of the oldest lineages in Taitokerau, Ngāti Manaia.  

Unlike surrounding iwi, direct descent from Manaia has given Ngātiwai status on Northland's east coast since the beginning of human occupation. The occupation of Manaia established iwi status in the northern part of the Ngātiwai rohe.  Principally through the son of Manaia, Tahuhunuiorangi, manawhenua and manamoana of Ngātiwai on the coast from Whangarei to Whangaparaoa was established. At times this extended to Tamaki. After the time of Te Rangihokaia, himself a descendent of Manaia, a number of key marriages cemented the relationship between Ngātiwai and the Kawerau hapū of Ngāti Rehua and Ngāti Manuhiri. This ongoing relationship with Tainui is another unique feature of Ngātiwai amoung iwi in Taitokerau. Today, Ngātiwai claims manawhenua and manamoana from Rākaumangamanga to Mahurangi, across to Aotea, and returning to Rākaumangamanga by way of the many islands and waters of Te Moana-nui-a-Toi.




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  • Summary of Ngātiwai Trust Board Meeting 28 August 2015

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    Financial – Results for the year to 31 July are still running behind budget, mainly as a result of another slow month at Oceans.  Bookings for August are ahead of budget and last year, so it is hoped that the August result will reverse the trend that we have seen so far this year....

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  • Ngātiwai World War II Servicemen and Women Remembered


    A special project is underway to produce a digital book resource that captures the special contribution Ngātiwai servicemen and women made during World War II.  Ngātiwai Education Te Au Here o Tūkaiaia will be driving the project and anticipate it’s completion by the end of the year.  The book will feature a compilation of experiences of those serving in the Armed Forces, the NZ Women’s Land Army, the Home Guard and Coastwatch.  The project also hopes to capture the experiences of those who were left at home leading up to, during and after the war.

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  • Summary of Ngātiwai Trust Board Meeting 31 July 2015

    BannerFinancial – Results for the month of June and the year to date are running slightly behind budget, mainly as a result of Oceans Resort having a slow start to the year. Ocean’s results however, are ahead of those of the previous year which is an encouraging sign. Early conference bookings are ahead of schedule and ahead of last year at this stage which augurs well for an improved seasonal result. Management are targeting off-season conference bookings...


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  • Ngātiwai Education Special Resource Projects 2015

    Panui picThis year Ngātiwai Education has been funded to implement a range of research and develop resources that will build on the success of previous projects they have run. It is planned that most of these projects will be completed and available by the end of the year.

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  • A New Future for Eel and Whitebait Regeneration

    RMU - AUT and Ragalan Eels LtdClive Stone, manager of the Ngātiwai Trust Board Resource Management Unit (RMU) is excited with the prospects for Ngātiwai following discussions with Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and Raglan Eels Ltd.  The potential for the culture of eels and whitebait for conservation, restocking wild populations and increasing customary harvest would have a major impact on our communities and whanau Clive believes.

    From left Ngātiwai Trust Board RMU Manager Clive Stone (left) with Assoc. Prof. W. Lindsey White (AUT), Raglan Eels Ltd’s Nicole Hancock, Charlie Young, and Charlie Mitchell, and Dr Armagan Sabetian (AUT).

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