Story: Te Āti Awa of Wellington

Rongoueroa (1st of 2)


This painting depicts Rongoueroa, who was the mother of Awanuiarangi, ancestor of Te Āti Awa of Wellington. Rongoueroa also gave birth to Whātonga, whose son Tara gave his name to Wellington Harbour. It is known as Te Whanganui-a-Tara, the great harbour of Tara. Te Āti Awa in Wellington trace their history back to the connection between Awanuiarangi and Whātonga.

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How to cite this page:

Morris Love, 'Te Āti Awa of Wellington - Identity', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2021)

Story by Morris Love, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017