Ngāti Raukawa

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Ngāti Raukawa
Iwi of New Zealand
Rohe (location) Waikato, Taupo and Manawatū/Horowhenua
Waka (canoe) Tainui

Ngāti Raukawa is a Māori iwi with traditional bases in the Waikato, Taupo and Manawatū/Horowhenua regions of New Zealand. In 2006, 29,418 Māori registered their affiliation with Ngāti Raukawa.[1]


Early history[edit]

Ngāti Raukawa recognise Raukawa as their eponymous ancestor, who was descended from the settlers of the Tainui canoe. One of his descendants was Maniapoto, ancestor of the Ngāti Maniapoto iwi. Ngati Raukawa established their ancestral homeland in the Waikato region.

Southwards migration[edit]

In the early 19th century, significant numbers of Ngāti Raukawa were forced south during the Musket Wars. Led by Te Whatanui and other chiefs, they joined Ngāti Toarangatira in a southwards migration through the North Island, which proceeded in three stages. Land was taken from Rangitīkei to Kāpiti, where a large number of were built and subtribes established. This brought the new settlers into conflicts with established tangata whenua in the southern parts of the North Island.


The 20th century saw Ngāti Raukawa undergo great change. After World War II, many Ngāti Raukawa left their traditional lands and migrated to cities. Starting in 1975, a determined effort was made to revitalise traditional language and establishments.

Ngāti Raukawa have established a large number of marae and other institutions, including Raukawa Marae and Te Wānanga o Raukawa, a centre for higher learning. Administrative organisations include the Raukawa Trust Board and Te Rūnanga o Raukawa.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2006 Census – QuickStats About Māori (revised)". Statistics New Zealand. 2007-04-04. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-05-25. 
  • Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal (2006-09-26). "Ngāti Raukawa". Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 2007-04-10. 

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