Ngāti Pūkenga has a very unique whakapapa as we are not the product of one ancestral line or waka like other iwi. We have had multiple names and extensive holdings from coast to coast.
We come from a long line of great leaders and renowned warriors who fought for our own people as well as others. We traversed the Pacific and these lands of Aotearoa to answer the call of our relations and allies. Marriage and shared living brought us together to solidify those alliances and forever combine bloodlines.
As time passes, identity evolves as a community is faced with new challenges, new opportunities, new people and new places. Ngāti Pūkenga’s history spans the greatest ocean in the world, and is woven of various genealogical, political and social threads.
Explore our collection of histories here. We have broken up the histories into 3 categories.
Te Tua Uriuri -in the time of Hawaiki, prior to arriving in Aotearoa.
Te Tua Whakatere - in the time of the Mataatua and Te Arawa waka travelling to Aotearoa and settlement.
Te Tua Whakaheke - in the time of European arrival to Aotearoa to our current times.
Explore freely or search for specific significant sites of Ngāti Pūkenga histories here. Expand your search across the Pacific Ocean or narrow to a pā ahi kā or awa in Aotearoa.
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