Iwi – Tribal websites

Links to online resources and websites about Iwi (tribes).

Pan iwi resources

  • Federation of Māori Authorities Me Uru Kahikatea Portal on issues and matters relating to Māori Economic Development. For more information also see Business NZ - FOMA
  • Iwi-Hapū Names List Developed as part of the Māori Subject Headings Project jointly sponsored by LIANZA, Te Rōpū Whakahau and National Library of New Zealand.
  • Iwi Maps Maps showing iwi areas, pā sites, or maunga.
  • Iwidex An index to the sources of information on tribal history, tikanga-ā-iwi, and whakapapa held in the Heritage and Research Collections of Auckland Libraries
  • Māori New Zealanders Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand links to entries on the main iwi in New Zealand as well as an entry on Māori overseas. Entries have mythological, historical, cultural information and statistics about each iwi. Entries consist of text and images, and in many cases audio and video also.
  • Official iwi.nz home page Home of the .iwi domain registry.
  • Tūhono Tūhono (meaning to link or connect) is an advocate for and contributes to a network of Māori individuals, iwi organisations and other entities who engage with each other in fostering identity, wellbeing and potential. If you are of Māori descent you can register with your iwi through Tūhono. Tūhono provide a channel where your iwi has your correct contact details so they can keep you informed on issues that may be of interest or benefit to you.

Individual iwi-hapū resources

Ngāi Tahu

  • Kā Huru Manu Kāi Tahu cultural mapping site
  • Kāi Tahu Papatipu Rūnaka 18 papatipu rūnaka of Kāi Tahu
  • Kareao Online archive database providing unprecedented access to the tribal archive, including manuscripts, photographs, maps, biographies, oral histories, taonga and audio-visual material.
  • Kotahi Mano Kāika, Kotahi Mano Wawata The vision of Kāi Tahu for te reo Māori. The vision is 1000 homes, 1000 aspirations - Kāi Tahu hope to have a least 1000 Kāi Tahu families speaking te reo within their homes, as the everyday language of communication by the year 2025. This website supports that vision by providing online lessons aimed at the beginner to intermediate speaker of te reo or to those who are interested in refreshing their knowledge inlcuding audio and video. 
  • Mahaanui Kurataiao Ltd A charitable resource and environmental management advisory company established in 2007 by the six Papatipu Rūnanga to assist and improve the recognition and protection of tāngata whenua values in their takiwā.
  • Ngāi Tahu Official website: culture, legends, business activities, editorials and Crown Settlement information
  • Ngāi Tahu Research Centre - Kā Waimaero Founded for the purpose of being a leader in indigenous scholarship and to provide a centre for the intellectual capital and development of Ngāi Tahu, the principal Māori iwi of the southern region of New Zealand. Established in August 2011 as a joint initiative between Ngāi Tahu and the University of Canterbury.
  • Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai A lifestyle series featuring 12 ten minute episodes about the stories and essence of traditional food gathering practices passed down through the generations.
  • Ngāi Tahu Property Group one of the largest property companies in the South Island specialising in property development and investment
  • Ngāi Tahu Seafood is involved extensively in the harvest, processing and marketing of finfish, lobster, abalone and shellfish
  • Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke (Rāpaki) papatipu rūnaka based in Lyttelton Harbor
  • Te Karaka Recent issues of Ngāi Tahu magazine Te Karaka online.
  • Te Rūnaka o Koukourārata papatipu rūnaka based in Port Levy
  • Te Rūnanga o Ōtākau 
  • Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga a papatipu rūnaka based in North Canterbury – manawhenua of Christchurch.
  • Te Taumutu Rūnanga a papatipu rūnaka based on the shores of Te Waihora (Lake Ellismere)
  • Tokona te raki - Māori Futures collective “A Ngāi Tahu-led collaborative established to increase Māori participation, success and progression in education and employment outcomes. We want to unlock the full potential of our whānau and raise their position and influence in our economy through increasing skills, knowledge and incomes.”
  • Wairewa Rūnanga Wairewa is the tūrangawaewae of Ngāti Makō and Ngāti Irakehu, hapū of Ngāi Tahu.

Other iwi

  • Muaūpoko Tribal Authority Muaūpoko traditionally occupy the lands on the west coast at southern end of the North Island of New Zealand. The Muaūpoko are also called Ngāi Tara. The largest population of Muaūpoko is in the Horowhenua North of Wellington. Muaūpoko has twenty-seven registered hapū, but only six of these are active today. The active hapū are: - Ngāi Te Ao, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Pariri, Ngāti Tamarangi, Ngāti Whanokirangi, Punahau. 
  • NgāI Te Rangi Iwi Official tribal website of this Tauranga based iwi.
  • Ngāi Tūhoe - tribal authority Official tribal website for Bay of Plenty based iwi.
  • Ngāti Apa Official tribal website of one of 5 Te Tau Ihu iwi – top of the South Island.
  • Ngāti Awa Official site of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa (based in the Bay of Plenty).
  • Ngāti Hawe Hapū Hapū of Ngāti Ruanui iwi of South Taranaki.
  • Ngāti Hinewaka 
  • Ngāti Kahu one of 6 iwi of Muriwhenua, Northland.
  • Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Official tribal website of this organisation whose aim is "to enhance the mana and wellbeing of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi."
  • Ngāti Maniapoto Official website of a Waikato-Tainui based iwi.
  • Ngāti Maniapoto Marae Pact Trust A collection of 23 marae who have undertaken responsibility for the planning of the communal resources of Ngāti Maniapoto.
  • Ngāti Maru a Taranaki based iwi.
  • Ngāti Mutunga Website for this North Taranaki iwi.
  • Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Chatham Island based iwi
  • Ngāti Pāhauwera : te iwi o Mohaka Official tribal website of a Central Eastern iwi.
  • Ngāti Paoa Iwi
  • Ngāti Porou This site has been established as a means by which Ngāti Porou people can keep up with what is happening at home and abroad
  • Ngāti Porou ki Waitaha Christchurch based Ngāti Porou whānau group
  • Ngāti Pukenga Te Tāwharau o Ngāti Pukenga: Official tribal website of Tauranga based iwi. (Bay of Plenty)
  • Ngāti Rangiwewehi Rotorua based iwi
  • Ngāti Raukawa Tribal organisation offering health, education and social service iniatives in the Horowhenua region. Iwi and hapū registration also available online.
  • Ngāti Rehua Trust Official tribal website of Ngāti Rehua ki Aotea.
  • Ngāti Ruanui Taranaki based iwi.
  • Ngāti Toa Rangatira Official tribal website of iwi based on the Kapiti Coast area.
  • Ngāti Whakaue Official website of this Rotorua based iwi.
  • Ngāti Whare an iwi (tribe) of the central North Island, whose customary rohe (territory) runs through the south-west Urewera and parts of the Kaingaroa region, including the area known as Te Whaiti-nui-a-Toi
  • Ngapuhi Te Rūnanganui o Ngapuhi is New Zealand's largest iwi, with more than 95,000 members. The Ngapuhi iwi takiwā comprises the northern districts of the North Island, namely the Far North, Whangarei and Kaipara districts. While these areas are the "home" of Ngapuhi, more than three-quarters of the iwi live in other parts of the country. This website provides Ngapuhi news, information and history
  • Tānenuiārangi Manawatu Incorporated mandated iwi authority for Rangitāne o Manawatu
  • Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board Administers lands and assets of Ngāti Tūwharetoa, of the Taupo area. From this site visitors can download forms for iwi enrolment and education grants.
  • Te Aitanga ā Mahaki Tairāwhiti (East Coast, North Island) based iwi.
  • Te Arawa ki Ōtautahi This organisation aims to "...bring together descendants residing in Ōtautahi, whose tribal links are traceable to 'Te Waka o Te Arawa' (the Arawa canoe)".
  • Te Arawa Lakes Trust “The Trust is the settlement entity that has been established to receive, manage and administer the trust funds on behalf of and for the benefit of present and future members of Te Arawa as prescribed within the Te Arawa Lakes Settlement Act 2006”
  • Te Aupouri Muriwhenua (Far North) based iwi
  • Te Hura Te Taiwhakaripi - Ngāi Te Rangihouhiri a tīpuna of Ngāi Te Rangihouhiri. For more information see Te Heke o Rangihouriri
  • Te Iwi o Rakaipaaka Provides information on whakapapa, iwi strategy, and projects for development. Te Iwi o Rakaipaaka is based in Nuhaka, Aotearoa New Zealand. Te Iwi o Rakaipaaka is comprised of a complex of descendants of the eponymous ancestor Rakaipaaka, of hapu, whanau, marae and bona fide institutions and organisations who are bonded by genealogy and historical relationships. 
  • Te Kāhui Māngai includes those organisations whose mandates to represent their iwi / hapu have been recognised by the Government. For more information see Te Kāhui Māngai - TPK
  • Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa Established in the mid 1980s under the direction and guidance of the late Maori Queen Te Atairangikaahu and Mayor Sir Ross Jansen, Te Rūnanga Ō Kirikiriroa Charitable Trust is an Urban Authority acknowledging the sovereign rights of mana whenua and tangata whenua of the Hamilton City area.
  • Te Rūnanga o Mātā Waka ki Ōtautahi Christchurch based Urban authority
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao Official tribal website of “Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao is a Rotorua based iwi organisation that is owned, managed and supported by the descendants of Pikiao-rangi, a renowned Chief and ancestor."
  • Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa "The traditional rohe of Te Rarawa is described as the area from Hokianga to Maungataniwha, down through Victoria Valley river to Maimaru, across from Awanui Bridge west to Te Oneroa a Tohe (the Ninety Mile Beach) at Hukatere then down to Mitimiti and Hokianga."
  • Te Rūnanga o Turanganui ā Kiwa Based in Gisborne, Te Rūnanga o Turanganui A Kiwa "...was established in 1986 and represents the interests of Rongowhakaata, Ngāi Tamanuhiri, Te Aitanga a Mahaki."
  • Te Whānau o Waipareira Auckland Urban Māori Authority. Information can be found here on the trust's business, health and educational services, as well as the history of the trust and the board.
  • Tuaropaki Trust “an Ahu Whenua Trust established by the Māori Land Court, that administers the lands of Tuaropaki E [near Taupo] for the benefits of the beneficial owners.”
  • Tuhourangi Tribal Authority Rotorua based iwi
  • Waikato-Tainui
  • Wakatu Incorporation Administers land on behalf of Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Tama and Te Ati Awa owners.
  • Whanganui River Māori Trust Board

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