Ngātiwai 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 Rakaumangamanga to Mahurangi, across to Aotea, and returning to Rakaumangamanga by way of the many islands and waters of Te Moana Nui A Toi.
Friday 19th November 2014 commencing at 10am.Read More
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2014 Te Waka Toi Award recipients . Left to right: Colin Hovell (representing the late Rev John Hovell), Professor Derek Lardelli, Dr Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere, Danny Poihipi, Elizabeth Ellis, Sandy… Read More
On 22nd November, in the early morning many travelled to Aotea for the ceremonial opening of the ancestral house at Kawa Marae. Elders of Ngātiwai and Ngati Rehua said they… Read More