Story: Tāmaki tribes

Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill), Tāmaki-makau-rau

Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill), Tāmaki-makau-rau

Because so many tribes have lived in the area, there are at least six different explanations for the origin of Auckland’s Māori name, Tāmaki. One view is that the name derives from the 18th-century Te Wai-o-Hua chief Kiwi Tāmaki, whose was at Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill), pictured here.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Tāmaki tribes - Tribal history and places', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

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