Marae History

Welcome to our website, a sample of the lives and times of the people from Iwitea. Our people have lived in Iwitea since the time of Te Matuahanga, a great ancestor who built the pa Taumatahinaki which over looks our domain. We maintained our own iwi status under the Ngai Tahu banner, with several hapu including Ngai Tüpaki, Matawhaiti, Ngati Pokino, Ngati Hikawhare, Ngati Ruapani, Ngai Te Rangihauene, Ngati Hineringa, Ngati Urewera, Ngati Hau, Ngati Pukukaraka and Ngai Te Koara amongst others. After the siege at Kaiuku when the East Coast Tribes consolidated in the early 1800s, we too became known as Ngati Kahungunu Iwi and our hapu as Ngai Tahu.

 

Our domain has only been known as Iwitea in recent times, previously we were known as Whakaki ki Runga, (Upper Whakaki).  The “papi” or “font” which is the life source of Whakaki Lake is located near our Pa Taumatahinaki; hence we are the top end of the lake. Since the time of maps we became known as the people of Iwitea, named after a cultivation where Iwitea Marae is situated today. We are also surrounded by our whale guardians Tahutoria, Takitaki, Korito, Onepoto, Iwitea, Tuhara and Hikunui.

 

So feel free to traverse through our photographs, taonga, artworks, memories, stories and whakapapa.  

 

Page last updated 7 Sep 2007