Story: Tāmaki tribes

Manukau Harbour

Manukau Harbour

Manukau, seen here from Whatipu (Manukau Heads) is the southern harbour of Tāmaki (Auckland). The name means ‘settling birds’, because of the godwits and oystercatchers that migrate there each summer. However, both Te Arawa and Tainui tribes have different traditions about the origin of the name.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Tāmaki tribes - Tribal history and places', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

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