Story: Hawke’s Bay region

Ngāti Kahungunu tipuna (ancestors)

Ngāti Kahungunu tipuna (ancestors)

Ngāti Kahungunu is the largest iwi (tribe) in Hawke’s Bay. Its boundaries extend from Wairoa to Wairarapa. 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 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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Alexander Turnbull Library, Samuel Carnell Collection (PAColl-3979)
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Photograph by Samuel Carnell

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay region - Society', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 1 Jul 2015