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An introduction to Ngāti Hinerangi

Ko Weraiti te maunga
Ko Wairere me Waiteariki nga wai tapu
Ko Waihou te awa
Ko Koperu te tangata
Ko Te Rohe o Koperu te whenua
Ko Ngāti Tamapango, 
Ngāti Whakamaungarangi, Ngāti Kura, Ngāti Tokotoko,
Ngāti Te Riha, Ngāti Tangata, Ngāti Tawhaki me Ngāti Rangi nga tupuna o nga
Hapū maha,
Ko 
Ngāti Hinerangi te iwi,
Tihei Mauri Ora

The main hub of Ngāti Hinerangi iwi is in the Waikato with the inclusion of the Matamata township, the Kaimai Ranges and through to the harbour of Tauranga Moana.

There are four marae within the Ngāti Hinerangi region including Hinerangi Tawhaki, Te Ohaki, Tangata and Tamapango. These marae are all based in Okauia, nestled in the foothills of the Kaimai Ranges. 

The Ngāti Hinerangi whenua is vibrant with farmland, forestry and fisheries. This land, rich in resources, has played an integral part in the sustainability of the Ngāti Hinerangi area and the communities of people within it.

 

The History of Ngāti Hinerangi

The Ngāti Hinerangi iwi and hapu descend from the ancestor Koperu whose father was Tamapango. Tamapango’s father was Uenukuterangihoka, his grandfather was Whatihua and his grandmother was 

Ruaputahanga. Koperu led the first wars of conquest against Nga Marama and took possession of their lands and resources in Tauranga and Matamata.

Koperu’s grandsons Tokotoko, Te Riha and Tangata completed the final conquest of Nga Marama in Tauranga and Matamata.

Descendants of Ngāti Rangi and Ngāti Tawhaki who were closely related to Ngaati Hinerangi by whakapapa, joined with Koperu and his grandsons in support of the conquest of Nga Marama.

Later, in the nineteenth century, they combined together again to defend their lands and resources from the threat of intertribal fighting and European colonisation.

 

The Territory of Ngāti Hinerangi

The Ngāti Hinerangi Iwi Area of Interest is collectively referred to as Te Rohe o Koperu which extends to Tauranga Moana harbour in the east of the district, which runs north to the boundary of Tanners Point, then turns back to the Kaimai Ranges along Nga Pae Maunga in the centre of Te Rohe o Koperu, and continues to the north-west to Waipuna. 

From Waipuna the boundary goes to Te Tapui, Peria, Puketutu, Te Paeoturawaru to Hinuera then to Te Kapa a Hinerangi, Haukapa, Whenua-a-kura, to Te Arapohatu, to Ngaumuwahine, to Pukehou on the Wairoa River to Huharua, Omokoroa, Pahoia, Apata, Aongatete, Rereatukahia then back to the start. The inshore islands of Tauranga Moana including Motuhoa are within the area of Interest.