Story: Tāmaki tribes

Tiriwa (2nd of 3)


The Te Kawerau-a-Maki people regard Tiriwa, pictured here, as another significant ancestor. Their heartland is the Waitākere Ranges, which they call Te Waonui-a-Tiriwa (the great forest of Tiriwa). This carving of Tiriwa, which stands in front of the Arataki Visitors’ Centre in the Waitākeres, shows him carrying the island of Rangitoto. He is said to have moved the island from Karekare to the Hauraki Gulf.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Tāmaki tribes - The tribes of Tāmaki', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 January 2022)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017