Te Kawerau ā Maki

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Te Kawerau ā Maki
Iwi of New Zealand
Te Kawerau-ā-Maki Rohe.svg
Rohe (region) Auckland Region[1]
Population 150 (2013 census)[2]
Website www.tekawerau.iwi.nz

Te Kawerau ā Maki, Te Kawerau a Maki, Te Kawerau-ā-Maki or Te Kawerau is a Māori iwi from the Auckland Region of New Zealand.[1][3][4][5][6]

Te Kawerau ā Maki as a distinct tribe descend from the rangatira Maki who conquered much of Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) in the early 1600s. The iwi is named after Maki and his wife Rotu's son Tawhiakiterangi, also named Te Kawerau ā Maki. Te Kawerau people trace their ancestry from a number of ancestral waka (canoes) including the Aotea, Tokomaru, Kahuitara, Kurahaupo, and particularly the Tainui. Through this ancestry Maki and his people were connected to a number of earlier groups that settled in the Auckland region including Ngāti Awa and the wider Tainui descent group then known as Ngāoho who had occupied the region since the fourteenth century. Tainui ancestors including Hoturoa and the tohunga Rakataura (Hape) are particularly important in Te Kawerau whakapapa, as is the ancient Turehu ancestor and tohunga Tiriwa.

Although their rohe or area of customary interest includes the southern Kaipara, Mahurangi, North Shore, Auckland Isthmus, and Hauraki Gulf islands such as Tiritiri Matangi, Te Kawerau ā Maki are particularly associated with west Auckland (formerly Waitakere City), which is known traditionally as Hikurangi. The Waitakere Ranges and the huge forest that once covered much of Hikurangi are known by the traditional name Te Wao nui a Tiriwa— the great forest of Tiriwa. The many peaks extending down the Waitakere Ranges from Muriwai to the Manukau Harbour entrance became known as Ngā Rau Pou a Maki, or the many posts of Maki.

Recent Events[edit]

In September 2015 the Te Kawerau ā Maki Claims Settlement Act[7] was passed into legislation. This Act records the acknowledgements and apology given by the Crown to Te Kawerau ā Maki and gives effect to provisions of the deed of settlement that settles the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Te Kawerau ā Maki.

In late 2017 Te Kawerau ā Maki issued a rāhui (ban) on people entering the Waitakere Ranges, in order to help slow the spread of kauri die-back disease.

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  1. ^ a b "Tāmaki: Te Kawerau a Maki". Te Kāhui Māngai. Te Puni Kōkiri. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "2013 Census QuickStats about Māori – tables". Statistics New Zealand website. Statistics New Zealand. 3 December 2013. Table 39, cell D20. Archived from the original (XLS) on 13 July 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Engaging with iwi". Auckland Council website. Auckland Council. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Taonui, Rāwiri (22 September 2012). "Tāmaki tribes - The tribes of Tāmaki". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Te Kawerau-a-Maki. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Summary of the Agreement in Principle between the Crown and Te Kawerau ā Maki" (PDF). Office of Treaty Settlements website. Office of Treaty Settlements. February 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "About Us". Te Kawerau a Maki website. Te Kawerau Iwi Tribal Authority. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Te Kawerau ā Maki Claims Settlement Act 2015 No 75 (as at 01 September 2017), Public Act Contents – New Zealand Legislation". www.legislation.govt.nz. Retrieved 2017-12-19.