Story: Ngāti Whātua

Village on the Kaipara River, 1864

Village on the Kaipara River, 1864

Te Roroa people migrated from Muriwhenua to the Waimamaku valley. The ancestor Toa and his grandsons extended their influence further south to include the northern Wairoa and Kaihū rivers. An important 19th-century descendant of Toa was Tirarau, whose village on the Kaipara River was painted in 1864 by William Fox.

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Watercolour by William Fox

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ngāti Whātua - The tribes of Ngāti Whātua', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 December 2023)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017