Ngāti Waewae

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae

index_n4Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae is are based at Arahura a short distance from Hokitika on West Coast.

Tuhuru was a chief of Ngāti Waewae, a hapu of Ngāi Tahu. He reached adulthood during a turbulent period in the Māori history of the South Island.

In the eighteenth century Ngāi Tahu from Canterbury went to the source of greenstone in the Arahura and Mawhera (Grey) regions of the West Coast, and fought with the local people, Ngāti Wairangi.

The final defeat of Ngāti Wairangi took place in the Paparoa Range, after which a meeting of Tuhuru and his party was held at Rūnanga.

Tuhuru and his people established a new pa at Mawhera and settled there. They were known as Poutini Ngāi Tahu, the Ngāi Tahu people of the West Coast.

Rūnanga Office Contact Details:

Arahura Marae
Representative: Lisa Tumahai
1 Old Christchurch Rd, Arahura.
Postal Address: PO Box 37, Hokitika.
Phone: 03 755 6451 and 03 755 6452
Fax: 03 756 8088
Email: admin@ngatiwaewae.org.nz