Muaūpoko is descended from the ancestor Tara whose name has been given to many New Zealand landmarks, most notably Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) and the Muaūpoko land block in Waikanae. His people were known as Ngāi Tara, although more recently they have taken the name of Muaūpoko, as the people living at the head (ūpoko) of the fish of Māui.
Muaūpoko’s traditional area is in the Horowhenua/Kapiti Coast/Wellington region. In the early nineteenth century Ngāi Tara were a large iwi occupying the area bounded by the Tararua Ranges in the east and the Tasman Sea in the west, from Sinclair Head in the south to the Rangitikei River in the north. Some hapū had even settled in the Queen Charlotte Sounds in the 17th century.
Waitangi Tribunal claims: Currently Muaūpoko is participating in the Porirua ki Manawatu Waitangi Tribunal Inquiry district. There have been indications that they could progress to direct negotiations with the Crown.
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