The journey toward restoring an iwi and restoring our mana – why we need you.
Many of us grew up knowing we belonged to a particular iwi or more than one iwi.
Ngāti Hinerangi is an iwi many of us would have known as being a hapū, a subtribe of what we now know to be neighbouring iwi.
After meticulous research from local historians, government officials and respected kaumatua, Ngāti Hinerangi was proven and officially recognised as a standalone iwi.
It was during the New Zealand land wars that our tupuna were forced to move in search of safety throughout the Matamata area toward Te Aroha, over the Kaimai Ranges and to Tauranga Moana.
It was this time of unrest that iwi boundaries were blurred and land that rightfully belonged to the people of Ngāti Hinerangi was claimed by English settlers and neighbouring iwi.
It was a dream for one of our kaumatua, Matuakore (Mac) Koperu, who passed away in 2010, that we take up the challenge of restoring Ngāti Hinerangi to its former status and glory.
It has taken a decade of hard work to get Ngāti Hinerangi where it is today and now it’s time to ensure all our people on board for the ride.
Our aim is to make this iwi strong again and move forward creating a sustainable and prosperous future.