Story: Ngāti Tūwharetoa



Ngāti Tūwharetoa trace their origins to the Te Arawa canoe. Ngātoroirangi, the high priest on the canoe, had strained relations with the captain, Tamatekapua. So on arrival he set off inland to claim new lands for his descendants. This carving of Ngātoroirangi is at the Wellington office of Tūwharetoa Ltd Finance Company.

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Martin Wikaira, 'Ngāti Tūwharetoa - The journeys of Ngātoroirangi and Tia', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by Martin Wikaira, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017