Story: Ngāti Whātua

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

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

Auckland’s main tribe, Te Wai-o-Hua, led by Kiwi Tāmaki, was threatened by the dominance of Te Taoū at south Kaipara Harbour. Kiwi Tāmaki promised to hang the breastbone of the Te Taoū leader Waha-akiaki on Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill) in Auckland. But at the end of the conflict the Ngāti Whātua chief Tuperiri established his , Hikurangi, on One Tree Hill. The hill is pictured here before the monument was built on its summit.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
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Photograph by Henry Winkelmann

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How to cite this page:

Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ngāti Whātua - The tribes of Ngāti Whātua', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 October 2023)

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