Story: Waikato tribes



Māhanga was the ancestor of the Ngāti Māhanga people, a major tribe of the Waikato confederation. He was a renowned fighter who spent a great deal of time away from home, which has led to the expression, ‘Māhanga whakarere kai, whakarere waka, whakarere wāhine’ (Māhanga who abandons food, canoes and women). This carving of Māhanga, situated outside the Novotel Tainui hotel in Hamilton, shows him holding a kō (digging implement).

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Waikato tribes - Ancestors', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017