Ngati Kuri is a tribe of people who descend from Po'hurihanga who sailed the waka Kurahaupo into the Far north of what is known as NZ today.
He married Maieke who was from the tribe Te Ngake which lived at Takapaukura. Today the 6 main tribes of the Te Hiku o te Ika descend from their daughter Muriwhenua.
See also whakapapa
Nga uri nga hapu whanau o Ngati Kuri
(Our source our larger groupings our families of Ngati Kuri)
"Ko Takapaukura te Pae-kainga" (Takapaukura is our ancient village)
|Ko Kurahaupo te waka||(Kurahaupo is our canoe)|
|Ko Kohuroanaki te Maunga||(Kohuroanaki is our mountain)|
|Ko Waitiki me Waihuahua nga Awa||(Waitiki and Waihuahua our rivers)|
|Ko Parengarenga te Waahapu||(Parengarenga -five fingers - descriptor of the estauries is our harbour)|
|Ko Te Hapua te Kainga||(Te Hapua is our village)|
|Ko Te Reo Mihi te Marare||(To speak of our background is the name of our meeting house)|
|Ko Maretu te Urupa||(Maretu on the hill is our burial place)|
Ko Poho-tiare te Hapu,
Ko Ngati Murikahara te Hapu,
Ko Te Ringamaui te Hapu,
Ko Ngati Waiora te Hapu,
Ko Te Mahoe te Hapu,
Ko Ngati Kuri ki Ngataki te Hapu,
Ko Whakakohatu te Hapu.
|These are the sub-tribes:
Ngati Kuri ki Ngataki
"Ko Ngati Kuri te Iwi tuturu" (named after the 'dog of the sea' the kaharoa (nets of sealskin) which was used to mend the waka (canoe) Kurahaupo before it could leave the Kermadec Islands to continue its journey to the lands known today as NZ - is the name of our tribe from the mists of time)
I can add the pepeha (introduction) of the other eight hapu (larger groupings).
We are the tangata whenua (people of the land) who 'saw' the migration of waka (canoes) as they first landed on these shores; then sailing ships from the northern hemisphere and we are also the last people the spirits walk past on Te ara wairua (the spiritual pathway) before they 'leap' off Te Rerenga o Nga o Wairua (the place of the flying spirits) aka Cape Reinga and continue their journey home to Hawai'ki nui, Hawai'ki paonamo, Hawai'ki roa (the place of our beginning).
|He pono||(This is true)|
|Te Hei Mauriora||(The breath of life)|
Some of our recent well-known Ngati Kuri: Dame Mira Szasy, Selwyn Muru (Murupaenga), Meremere Penfold, Matiu Rata, Haana (Saana) Murray, Kare Rapata Leathem, Bethany Edmunds...