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.
The Pasefika Fusion Festival held on the Hihiaua Peninsula in Whangarei Saturday 21 March drew a huge crowd with the Pasefika food and culture that rivalled the ASB Polyfest being held in Auckland in the same week.
Friday the 13th February was a lucky day for Pāteke released to the Orongo Lagoon on Nicks Head Station in Muriwai, Gisborne. For some time Ngai Tāmanuhiri and Ngātiwai have collaborated alongside many other groups to progress the gifting of the Pāteke to ensure a successful release.Read More
The method for allocating the Māori Fisheries Settlement has been finalised for more than 10 years now. Given effect through the passage of the Māori Fisheries Act in 2004 it created four entities to govern and manage parts of the settlement.
Since the Māori Fisheries Act provides for a review after 11 years of operation those entities have come under review.Read More