Rangitāne o Wairau


Rangitāne have resided in the northern South Island for many generations since the arrival of their tupuna Te Huataki in the sixteenth century.


Rangitāne have close whakapapa connections with other Kurahaupo iwi - Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō and Ngāti Kuia.


Rangitāne established themselves as tangata whenua through conquest, intermarriage and assimilation with the tribes they found residing in the district.


The maunga and awa in the region are the source of stories and whakatauki and in some cases embody their tupuna.


In 2019, New Zealand will mark 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Pākehā during James Cook and the Endeavour’s 1769 voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand. Tuia – Encounters 250 will acknowledge this pivotal moment in our nation’s history as well as the extraordinary feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa many years earlier.

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