Ngāti Pūkenga

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Ngāti Pūkenga
Iwi of New Zealand
Rohe (region) Tauranga
Waka (canoe) Mataatua
Population 2,175

Ngāti Pūkenga is a Māori iwi centred in Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand.[1] Its rohe (tribal area) extends to Mayor Island / Tuhua and Waihi in the north, to the Kaimai Range in the west, south of Te Puke and to Maketu in the east, and it has tribal holdings in Whangarei, Hauraki and Maketu.[2] The Tauranga Moana iwi group, consisting of Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngaiterangi and Ngāti Ranginui, maintain strong ties and consider Mauao (Mt Maunganui) sacred.[3]

The Tauranga Moana iwi including Ngāti Pūkenga continue to seek redress with the New Zealand Government for their losses in the New Zealand Land Wars, but no settlement has been reached so far.[3]


Pūkenga is the founding ancestor of the iwi. Pūkenga was of Mataatua descent, and spent his life in Ruatoki. Upon his death, his people, known as Ngāti Hā, moved east towards Opotiki. This resulted in the displacement of the tribe of Rōmainohorangi. Later, the displaced tribe, now known as Ngāti Te Rangihouhiri, requested the help of Ngāti Hā in battle. For their assistance, Ngāti Pūkenga, as they were now known, were given land in Tauranga, where their main settlements still stand today. Ngāti Pūkenga also received land given to them in Hauraki, the little village of Manaia, where direct descendants of Ngāti Pūkenga, and Pūkenga himself still remain.[3]

Hapū and marae[edit]


  • Ngāti Hinemotu
  • Ngāti Kiorekino
  • Ngāti Kohokino
  • Ngāti Te Matau
  • Ngāti Te Rākau
  • Ngāti Tōwhare
  • Ngāti Whakina
  • Te Tāwera[1]

Marae and wharenui[edit]

  • Manaia Marae (including Te Kou o Rehua wharenui), Manaia
  • Waitari Marae (including Te Whetū o Te Rangi wharenui), Tauranga[1]


Te Tāwharau o Ngāti Pūkenga is the governance entity recognised by the New Zealand Government to represent Ngāti Pūkenga following its Treaty of Waitangi settlement with the Crown on 7 April 2013. The trust is governed by one trustee from each of the four kainga: Pakikaikutu, Tokaanu, Manaia, and Tauranga.[1] It is a member of the Hauraki Collective.[4] As of 2016, the chair of the trust is Jocelyn Mikaere-Hollis, the general manager is Areta Gray, and the trust is based in Tauranga.[5]

Ngāti Pūkenga Iwi ki Tauranga Trust is the mandated iwi organisation for Ngāti Pūkenga under the Māori Fisheries Act, an iwi acquaculture organisation in the Māori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act, a Tūhono organisation, and the iwi authority representing Ngāti Pūkenga under the Resource Management Act. It is charitable trust governed by six trustees from iwi whānui.[1] As of 2016, the chairperson of the trust is Rehua Smallman and the trust is based in Tauranga.[5]

The iwi has interests in the territory of Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Tauranga City Council.[1]


Moana Radio is the radio station of all three iwi. It is available on 1440 AM and 98.2 FM in Tauranga and across the Bay of Plenty. Moana previously operated youth-oriented urban contemporary Tahi FM between 2003 and late 2011.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Rohe". Te Puni Kōkiri, New Zealand Government. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ngāti Pūkenga Area of Interest from the Deed of Settlement" (JPG, 160KB). Te Puni Kōkiri. 7 April 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Black, Te Awanuiārangi (2006-09-26). "Tauranga Moana tribes". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 2007-04-17. 
  4. ^ "Hauraki Collective". Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Ngāti Pukenga". Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "About Us". Moana Radio. Moana Communications. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 

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