Story: Ngāti Awa

Map of Mataatua area (1st of 2)

Map of Mataatua area

Muriwai, the sister of Toroa who captained the Mataatua canoe, placed a restriction along the coast when her two children drowned. The restriction ran from Bowentown in the west to Whangaparāoa in the east. This area has become acknowledged as the domain of the Mataatua confederation of tribes, of whom Ngāti Awa are one. This map shows the Mataatua territories.

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Layne Harvey, 'Ngāti Awa - Early history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 February 2024)

Story by Layne Harvey, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017