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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  • Bronze Medal Win at Pacific Games 2015 in Papua New Guinea

    MedallistsTe Kohuroa (Kohu) Kawiti is over the moon with her bronze medal win in weightlifting at the Pacific Games 2015 in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea last week and is still coming down from the experience.  Kohu at 16 years old qualified in the 58kg bodyweight class lifting a personal best in the clean and jerk event which clinched the bronze medal position “I started out quite bad in the snatch and missed two lifts which had me worried a bit.  So I started at a low weight in the clean and jerk and then did a massive jump in weight. My coach was confident I could do it, and sure enough”.

    Te Kohuroa Kawiti (2nd right) with Northland Olympic Weightlifting Club medallists pictured from left Rory Taylor, Paige Lawgun and coach Jake Lawgun

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  • Ngātiwai Trust Board Trustee Meeting

    Friday 31st July 2015 commencing at 10am at the Ngatiwai Trust Board.


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  • He Maimai Aroha - Pona and Lizzie Matenga

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    Te Pona Wiremu Matenga was born the only son of Wiremu Wiapo Matenga. He spent most of his life growing up in the presence of kaumātua and he held in high regard the tikanga of Ngātiwai throughout his life.  Harihari Lizzie Matenga (nee Paraone Hemana) was born at Arapaoa in the Kaipara and spent the first 16 years of her life there until she and Pona met at a Maungaturoto pub where Lizzie was a waitress.

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  • Summary of Ngātiwai Trust Board Meeting 26 June 2015

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    Financial – The financial results for May and the year to date are running slightly behind budget caused mainly by the distributions from the Rathbone James Partnership (Westpac building) not yet reflecting the building being fully tenanted. This will be adjusted next month which should mean that results will be close to those budgeted...

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  • Dream of the Olympics for Ngātiwai Beach Volleyball Champion

    JasmineJasmine Milton’s dream is to play beach volleyball at the Olympics one day and is set firmly on achieving that goal.  In July 2015 Jasmine will travel to Los Angeles America to compete in a number of tournaments in the New Zealand under-nineteen’s Beach Volleyball squad.

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