Ngāti Kahungunu is the largest iwi (tribe) in the Hawke’s Bay. Its boundaries extend from Wairoa in the north down to Wairarapa at the south of the North Island. In the late 19th century Samuel Carnell photographed many Ngāti Kahungunu people, leaving an invaluable record of the iwi at this time. The number of marae in Hawke’s Bay is striking, particularly in the Wairoa district. Their regular presence throughout the region signifies the importance of Hawke’s Bay as a key centre of New Zealand’s Māori population.
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