Story: Tāmaki tribes

Maungawhau (Mt Eden)

Maungawhau (Mt Eden)

The crater of Mt Eden seen here was called Te Ipu-a-Mataaho (the bowl of Mataaho) because this is where Mataaho lived. It is also said that the other volcanic cones of Auckland were formed when Mataaho’s wife left him and took his clothes, so the goddess Mahuika sent fires to warm him.

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Reference: 1897/23
Photograph by Lloyd Homer

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How to cite this page:

Rāwiri Taonui, 'Tāmaki tribes - Tribal history and places', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/3920/maungawhau-mt-eden (accessed 16 November 2018)

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