Kāti Māmoe

Kāti Māmoe (also spelled Ngāti Māmoe) is a historic Māori iwi. Originally from the Heretaunga (Hastings) area, they moved in the 16th century to the South Island. At the time it was occupied by the Waitaha.

Ngāti Māmoe
Iwi (tribe) in Māoridom
Rohe (region)South Island

A century later, the Ngāti Māmoe were largely subsequently absorbed via marriage and conquest by the Ngāi Tahu, who migrated south in turn. There is no distinct Ngāti Māmoe organisation today but many Ngāi Tahu have Ngāti Māmoe links in their whakapapa. In the far south of the island especially, "... southern Māori still think of themselves as Ngai Tahu-Ngati Mamoe, a synthesis of the two tribal groups ...."[1]


During the 2013 New Zealand census, 3,111 people, or less than 1% of the total population of Māori descent, were affiliated with the iwi.

Of those, 18.9% identified with no other iwi, and 21.9% could converse in the Māori language. The median age was 34.8 years, 46.4% were male and 53.7% were female. Among those 15 and older, 78.8% held a formal qualification, 44.6% had never been a regular smoker, the median income was $28,000, and 73.4% of those living in cities were employed.[2]

The most common religions held by members of the iwi were Anglican (12.5%), Catholic (9.9%), and Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (7.1%). A further 48% had no religion and 6.5% would not specify a religion. By comparison, 3.2% were affiliated with the Ratana movement, and less than 1% were affiliated with the Ringatū religion.[3]

On the night of the Census, 80.6% of people lived in households with only one family, 5.6% lived in households with other families, 9.6% lived in one-person households, and 4.2% lived in flats. On the same night, 55.1 percent of people lived in a two-parent family, 22.8 percent lived in a one-parent family, and 22.0 percent lived as couples without children. There were 1,008 dependent children in the iwi, compared to 939 in 2006. Of these 70.2% of these lived in two-parent families, compared to 66.5 percent in 2006.[4]

Notable people


  1. "The Ngāi Tahu Report 1991", Waitangi Tribunal
  2. "Key facts". stats.govt.nz. Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  3. "Religion". stats.govt.nz. Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  4. "Households". stats.govt.nz. Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 10 September 2016.

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