Story: Te ohanga onamata a rohe – economic regions

Iwitini region

Iwitini region

This map shows the region which has been given the name Iwitini (many peoples). Up to 80% of Māori may have lived in this area. Its climate, good agricultural lands and numerous harbours and estuaries meant that tribes concentrated here, particularly after the demise of moa and the falling population of seals throughout New Zealand.

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Source: Janet Davidson, The prehistory of New Zealand. Auckland: Longman Paul, 1987, p. 34

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Basil Keane, 'Te ohanga onamata a rohe – economic regions - Iwitini – most populous region', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 11 Mar 2010