Author(s): Dorothy Urlich Cloher
This work is the history of the Far North and the iwi Ngati Kuri, Te Aupori, Ngai Takoto, Te Rarawa and Ngati Kahu. Taking each of these one by one, the author gives Whakapapa and a variety of dramatic stories.
Dr Dorothy Una Urlich Cloher was formerly head of the James Henare Research Centre at the University of Auckland and has published widely in specialist journals and has produced a number of high profile reports into Maori issues including sustainable economic development and childhood education. Dr Merimeri Penfold (Ngati Kuri), CNZM, is the Kuia of the University of Auckland, was made a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit for services to Maori in 2001. She has been a consultant to the government on a number of Maori social and child issues. Her latest project prior to The Tribes of Muriwhenua was a translation into Maori of Shakespearean sonnets: Nga waiata aroha a Hekepia/Love sonnets by Shakespeare: nine sonnets (Holloway Press, 2000).
Significance of the place named Muriwhenua; origin of the name; cradle of early New Zealand; a first landing place for Kupe and ancestral canoes; Ngati Kuri, the tangata whenua tribe; early settlement and establishment of the house of Muriwhenua; origins of Ngati Kuri and its name; Tohe and a major naming exercise; Tumatahina; Te Ara Wairua -the Spiritual Pathway; Te Aupouri, the tribe that emerged from under a cloud of smoke; a planned evacuation; a welcome from Kin Houtaewa - the fearless; Ngai Takoto, the tribe that conceived from grief; tribal ancestors; reversals of fortune; Te Rarawa, a strong rope of plaited flax; a case of two descent lines; Tumoana and the tinana canoe; Houpure, Patito and Toakai; the Moetonga line to Tarutaru; Tarutaru the terrible; Poroa the consolidator; Reituu and Reipae; Nopera Panakareo; Kaitaia - Principal town in Muriwhenua; the origins of Ngati Kahu - a tangled web; Doubtless Bay arrivals; the origins of Ngati Kahu; a challenging vision; Te Paatu of Oruru, a resourceful fighting tribe; Ngapuhi attacks Kauhanga Pa; Tukitahua as founder?; a more ancient tribe than is thought.