|Iwi of New Zealand|
|Rohe (location)||Northland Region|
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Ngāti Kahu is a Māori iwi of Northland, New Zealand. The iwi is one of the six Muriwhenua iwi of the far north of the North Island. Ngāti Kahu take their name from their founding ancestress, Kahutianui, and link their ancestry back to the waka Māmaru. The captain of Māmaru was Te Parata who married Kahutianui.
Ngāti Kahu identify themselves through the following series of markers captured in their iwi (tribal) aphorism:
Ko Maungataniwha te maunga (Maungataniwha is the mountain), Ko Tokerau te moana (Tokerau is the sea), Ko Kahutianui te tupuna (Kahutianui is the ancestress), Ko Te Parata te tangata (Te Parata is the man), Ko Māmaru te waka (Mamaru is the canoe), Ko Ngāti Kahu te iwi. (Ngati Kahu is the tribe). [extract from page 20 of 'Te Whānau Moana - Nga Kaupapa me ngā tikanga - Customs and protoocols' by McCully Matiu and Margaret Mutu. ISBN 0-7900-0839-4 © 2003 Margaret Mutu. Available from Te Rūnanga-ā-Iwi o Ngāti Kahu @ http://www.ngatikahu.iwi.nz].
McCully Matiu, kaumātua rangatira of Ngāti Kahu until his death in 2001, provided the following genealogical account of his Ngāti Kahu ancestry: "In the accounts of the descent lines of Ngāti Kahu, Kahutianui married Te Parata and Māmangi was born. Māmangi had Tūkanikani, Tūkanikani had Hāpute. Hāpute had Haiti-tai-marangai. Haiti-tai-marangai had Tūpōia, Mokokohi and Tahuroa. Tahuroa had Hautapu. Hautapu had Wai-puiārangi. Wai-puiārangi married Moroki, and Mohotu was born. Mohotu had Te Ao-ka-waiho. Te Ao ka-waiho had Tūrou. Tūrou had Tangi-kāo. Tangi-kāo married Matahina and Te Rātahi was born. Te Rātahi married Te Ao and Hēnihīkahe was born. Hēni married Te Paekoi and Matiu was born. Matiu married Kiritiana and Reihana was born. Reihana married Hoana and the speaker, McCully Matiu, was born. That completes this descent line" (ibid). All Ngāti Kahu can trace their genealogy back to their founding ancestors.
Ngāti Kahu's inland territories over which they hold authority and power derived from their ancestors, take in the Maungataniwha range and all the lands to the north and east of the range including the settlements with their associated marae of Waiaua, Hīhī, Kēnana, Kohumaru, Aputerewa, Mangōnui, Koekoeā (Coopers beach), Waipapa (Cable Bay), Taipā, Te Āhua, Pēria, Parapara, Aurere, Lake Ōhia, Rangiputa, Whatuwhiwhi, Karikari, Mērita, Kāingaroa, Karepōnia, Oinu, Ōpoka, Ōturu, Kaitāia, Ōkahu, Tangonge, Waipapakauri, Takahue, Pāmapūria, Mangataiore (Victoria Valley) and all areas between. Their sea territories include both Mangōnui and Rangaunu harbours and stretch out to the deep sea as far as Hawaiiki (http://www.ngatikahu.iwi.nz).
Prominent people of Ngāti Kahu
- Hector Busby, navigator and waka (canoe or ship) builder.
- Margaret Mutu, Academic and Professor at the University of Auckland.
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