History of our area

Some Tribal History of Auckland:

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Learn about the history of our suburb with Whaea Jane’s research:

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Nga Uri O Nga Iwi have a classroom called Te Hononga O Ngā Wai, The Meeting of the Waters.

Here are the Maori names for the waters and place names of our neighbourhood:

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MAUNGA (Volcanoes)

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Owairaka (Mt Albert)

Owairaka Mt Albert Heritage Brochure

Maungawhau (Mt Eden)

Maungawha was an important Waiohua pa site inhabited by Huakaiwaka, the paramount chief and progenitor of Waiohua and grandfather of Kiwi Tamaki. It was an important pa and garden site.

mt eden

Te Tātua A Riukiuta (Three Kings)

Ruikiuta, a Tainui crew member (or possibly an early descendant of a crew member) is a tupuna of Ngāti Tamaoho. He settled at Three Kings and married descendants from the three waka, Te Arawa, Tainui and Ngati Awa.



Harbours and Wetlands in Auckland

WaiaMotions Creek is in the centre at the left and Meola Creek is at the right

Wai a te ao, Motions Creek is in the centre at the left and Meola Creek, Waititiko, is at the right

Wai a te Ao: Ao’s Creek (Motions Creek)

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Te Waiorea (The Waters of the Eel)

motions creek weir

Waititiko (Meola Creek)



Te Tokaroa (Meola Reef)


In the centre is Te Tokaroa, Meola Reef. On the left is Motions Creek, Wai a Te Ao. On the right is Meola Creek, Waititiko.

Waitemata: The Harbour

waitemata harbour



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