Story: Hawke’s Bay region

Ngāti Kahungunu ancestors

Ngāti Kahungunu ancestors

Ngāti Kahungunu was established as the main iwi (tribe) in Hawke’s Bay by the descendants of the eponymous ancestor Kahungunu. The largest figure depicted on this wall post (which is part of Te Whare-o-te-Rangi at Te Aute College) is Taraia, the great-grandson of Kahungunu and Rongomaiwahine. He brought his people south from Māhia to settle on the Heretaunga plain during the 16th century. The lower figure is Te Huki, whose descendants still live at Te Aute.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay region - Māori settlement and occupation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/23888/ngati-kahungunu-ancestors (accessed 7 December 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 1 Jul 2015