Ngāti Kahu

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Ngāti Kahu
Iwi of New Zealand
Ngatikahu iwi location.PNG
Rohe (region) Northland Region
Waka (canoe) Mamaru
Population 8,580[1]
Website http://www.ngatikahu.iwi.nz

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).[2]

Te Reo Irirangi o Te Hiku o Te Ika, an iwi radio station, serves Ngāi Takoto and other Muriwhenua tribes of the Far North. It broadcasts a main station on 97.1 FM, an urban contemporary station Sunshine FM on 104.3 FM and a youth-oriented station Tai FM.[3]

History[edit]

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.

Territory[edit]

Ngāti Kahu view themselves as holding authority and power derived from their ancestors over several inland territories including 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. They also view themselves as having authority over the sea territories of the Mangōnui and Rangaunu harbours.[4]

Notable people[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 Census iwi individual profiles: Ngāti Kahu". www.stats.govt.nz. Stats NZ. Retrieved 12 June 2017. 
  2. ^ 'Te Whānau Moana - Nga Kaupapa me ngā tikanga - Customs and protoocols' by McCully Matiu and Margaret Mutu. ISBN 0-7900-0839-4. Page 20. Available from Te Rūnanga-ā-Iwi o Ngāti Kahu.
  3. ^ "Kaitaia". Welcome to the Radio Vault. New Zealand: The Radio Vault. 23 July 2009. Archived from the original on 27 August 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Ngāti Kahu". ngatikahu.iwi.nz. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 

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