Ngāti Maru (Taranaki)

Ngāti Maru is a Māori iwi of inland Taranaki in New Zealand. They are descended from Maruwharanui, the eldest son of Pito Haranui and his wife, Manauea. Pito Haranui belonged to an ancient Taranaki people known as the Kahui-Maru, whose genealogy predates the arrival of Toi.

Ngāti Maru
Iwi (tribe) in Māoridom
Rohe (region)Taranaki
Waka (canoe)Aotea, Tokomaru, Tainui

Maruwharanui had three siblings. A brother, Marukōpiri, who settled at Manganui-o-te-Ao - near Raetihi, and two sisters, Mihi-Rawhiti and Hinepango. It is surmised that Maruwharanui was contemporary with the arrival of the Hawaiiki people in the 1300s. This is judged primarily by the marriages of his siblings, to Hawaiiki People. His younger brother Marukopiri married Hineue, the daughter of the famed explorer, Tamatea Pokai Whenua of the Takitimu Waka. Another sibling, Hinepango married Hotunuku who arrived aboard the Tainui Waka.

Ngati Maru are primarily descendants of Maruwharanui's daughter, Te Reimatia. She married Tamatea-Kopiri, the Grandson of Turi - the commander of the Aotea Waka. Tamatea-Kopiri was the first Aotea Child born in Aotearoa and is considered the senior male line of the Waka. Today, most of the Iwi of Ngati Maru, can trace their descent through one or more of the sons of Te Reimatia, the grandsons of Maruwharanui.

The Main Hapu of Ngati Maru (which also comprise smaller sections) are Ngati Hinemokai (includes Ngati Rongonui) Ngati Kopua (includes Ngati Tamatapui and Ngariki) Ngati Kui (includes Ngati Te Ika and Ngati Tamakehu)

Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae is the iwi's marae at Tarata.[1] Ngarongo is the name of the Whare Puni (Meeting House) and the Whare Kai (Dining Hall) is named Maruwharanui.

See also

  • List of Māori iwi


  1. "Maori history". New Plymouth District Council. Archived from the original on 17 September 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  2. "Background information". Ngati Maru (Taranaki). Ngati Maru o Taranaki. 22 October 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2012.

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