From left to right: Mook, Vern, Ringi
Terrence "Mook" Hohneck
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.
Ko Tamahunga te Maunga
Ko Hauturu-ō-Toi te motu whakahirahira
Ko Te Moananui-ā-Toi te Moana
Ko Tainui ko Moekākara ngā Waka
Ko Manuhiri te Tangata
Ko Manuhiri te Rangatira
Ko Manuhiri te Tupuna
Te Rohe ō Ngāti Manuhiri
Ngāti 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.
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.
The Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust provides cultural facilitation and environmental services through the Manuhiri Kaitiaki Charitable Trust. Consultation is typically via our Treaty Partners such as Te Kaunihera o Tamaki Makaurau Auckland Council, Te Papa Atawhai Department of Conservation and other crown agencies.
The Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust and the Manuhiri Kaitiaki Charitable Trust advocate for;
Explore the information below to see some of the mahi we have been involved in.
Mahurangi East Land Restoration
Mahurangi East Land Restoration (MELR) project is a $5 million, a 5-year long sediment reduction programme to restore the health of the Mahurangi Harbour.
Auckland Council and Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust have partnered to design and deliver the programme, which is funded by the 'Jobs for Nature’ Ministry for the Environment's (MfE) fund.