Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki

Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki is a Māori tribe that is based in the area around Clevedon, part of the Auckland region (Tāmaki in the Māori language). It is one of the twelve members of the Hauraki Collective of tribes.[1]

Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki
Iwi (tribe) in Māoridom

The founding ancestors of Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki came to New Zealand in the Tainui migration canoe and left it when it was dragged across the portage from the Tamaki River to the Manukau Harbour.[2] Their descendants occupied parts of the Hauraki Gulf, including east Auckland as far inland as Otara and Maungarei, as well as Clevedon, Maraetai and Howick. Te Irirangi Drive, a major highway in Manukau City, is named after one of their rangatira (chiefs), Tara Te Irirangi.

Ngāi Tai has a marae at Umupuia Beach, between Maraetai and Clevedon.[3][4] They also use the Ngāti Tamaoho marae at Karaka.[5]

In 2015 the Crown settled with Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki over historic grievances, including both financial and cultural compensation.[6]

See also


  1. "About". Hauraki Collective. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  2. Taonui, Rāwiri (22 March 2017). "Tāmaki tribes - The tribes of Tāmaki". Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  3. "Umupuia". Māori Maps. Te Potiki National Trust. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  4. "Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki". Te Kāhui Māngai. Te Puni Kōkiri. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  5. "About us". Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Tribal Trust. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  6. "Crown signs $12.7m treaty settlement with Ngai Tai ki Tamaki". Fairfax NZ. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2018.

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