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In 2012, Ngāti Manuhiri achieved and settled their Treaty Settlement with the Crown. The Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust (NMST) is a post settlement governance entity (PSGE) who are the mandated and approved entity to represent Ngāti Manuhiri and its environs.


The NMST office is located at 2-4 Elizabeth street, Warkworth and delivers environmental services and facilitates cultural enhancement for Ngāti Manuhiri. Our registered membership is approximately 900 members who live within our traditional area of interest and beyond.





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By the fourteenth century migrations associated with some of the famous ancestral canoes had begun to influence the Mahurangi area. These migrants conquered and absorbed the Maru iwi and the descendants of Toi. From the North came the Ngai Tahuhu people, the descendants of Tahuhu. From the south came the descendants of Tainui waka who had settled around the Waitemata Harbour. These people, who also had Arawa affiliations, had by the sixteenth century become known by the general name Ngaoho. They had intermarried with the earlier tribal groups, including Ngai Tahuhu who they pushed to the north, and were in occupation of all the land between the Waikato River and the Kaipara Harbour entrance, including Mahurangi.

The Kawerau people (are) descended from a large group of Ngati Awa people who had migrated north to the Tamaki isthmus from Kawhia in the 1620's. Led by Maki, the most famous ancestor of the Mahurangi people they initially settled at Rarotonga (Mt Smart). Then over the next generation they spread northward conquering the islands of the Hauraki Gulf north to Hauturu (Little Barrier Island), the Kaipara district north to the harbour entrance, as well as the east coast from Takapuna to Te Arai. This conquest included Mahurangi, where the people of Ngaoho and Ngai Tahuhu were defeated and absorbed.

Maki had four sons Manuhiri, Maraeariki, Ngawhetu and Tawhiakiterangi. These children all had associations with the Mahurangi. Manuhiri has upheld and maintained the customary rights and principles since then to present day. Ngati Manuhiri has strong links to the confederation of tribes known as Te Kawerau who descend from Maki and his children.



Manaia and his son arrived on the Moekaraka waka at Te Waka Tuwhenua, where the Goat Island Marine Reserve is located. They occupied kainga along the entire coastline. This is especially true of Manaia's son Tahuhu. He is associated with O-Tahuhu at Tamaki. He also occupied Motutapu briefly. He lived at Pakiri and controlled the whole coast from his Pa known as Te Arai o Tahuhu (Te Arai Point).This original occupation has been maintained through the ahi kaa and mana whenua in the area until present day by the large natural tribal grouping known as Ngati Manuhiri.


Ngatiwai is unified by its descent from one of the oldest lineages in Taitokerau, Ngati Manaia. Manaia occupied the northern part of the Ngatiwai rohe from Rakaumangamanga to Whangarei Harbour. From the time of the Ngatiwai Rangatira Te Rangihokaia (Whangaruru/Whananaki), himself a descendant of Tahuhunui o Rangi's tuakana, a number of key unions cemented the relationships between Ngatiwai and Ngati Manuhiri within the Mahurangi. Rangihokaia married Tukituki of Ngati Manuhiri, his son Hikihiki married Makiwahine of Ngati Manuhiri, his grandson Turua married Kupapa of Ngati Manuhiri, these along with others cemented our whakapapa relationships as we know them today.


Te Uri o Hau are the neighbouring tribal grouping to the North of Ngati Manuhiris rohe. Through our Ngai Tahuhu whakapapa and the marriage of our paramount chief Te Kiripatuparaoa mother Te Wera to Matire of Te Uri O Hau. We uphold and value to the highest accord the relationship with our whanaunga both in the past and in the future.


Ngati Rongo descend from Manuhiri's brother Ngawhetu and through his blood ties to Manuhiri this relationship is still intact today. Ngati Rongo look after the cultural sites of significance within the Kaipara rohe that have joint and shared interests of Manuhiri also.


Ngati Rehua have occupied Aotea since Mataahu and his brother Maki along with their sons Rehua and Manuhiri conquered Hauturu, Aotea and other offshore islands. Rehua being a first cousin to Manuhiri and strong whakapapa ties throughout time till present day form a unified, strong relationship that we uphold.


Ko Tainui me Moekaraka nga waka
Ko Tamahunga te maunga
Ko Hauturu O Toi te Motutere Rongonui
Te Moananui O Toi te Pataka Nui

Te Rohe O Ngati Manuhiri

Ngati Manuhiri boundaries (rohe) encompass Bream Tail / Mangawhai to the north and extend south to the Okura river mouth south of Whangaparaoa. Our easterly boundary takes in the islands of Hauturu O Toi (Little Barrier), Kawau O Tumaro, Tiritiri Matangi, Panetiki, the Mokohinau islands, Hawere a Maki, Motu Tohora, Motuihe,Moturekareka, Motuketekete, Motutara, Te Haupa and associations in the Waitemata and the lower Hauraki Gulf. The western boundary starting in the North at Patumakariri, Kaipara, Moturemu, Arapareira, Makarau through to Oteha / Takapuna.

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