The traditional lands of Rongowhakaata extend from Te Kowhai at Te Wherowhero lagoon inland to the Te Arai headwaters, continuing to Te Reinga in the south-west, and north through Tuahu, Hangaroa-Matawai, and Tahora. Their lands take in Patutahi and the area around the Tangihanga and Repongaere blocks, through to Matawhero and linking with the Taruheru and Turanganui rivers, onwards to Kaiti and around the coast to Te Toka Ahuru. Around the fringes of these lands, they share interests and whakapapa connections with neighbouring iwi, including especially close ties with Te Whanau a Iwi. Today, the marae of Rongowhakaata stand at Whakato, Manutuke, Pahou, Ohako, and Te Kuri a Tuatai.
Rongowhakaata traditionally held their land and resources in customary tenure under collective tribal and hapū custodianship. The kin groups of Tūranganui a Kiwa were linked through whakapapa and shared use of resources, but also had their own independent mana born out of strong leadership, distinct whakapapa lines and resource use.
Photo Tour of Tribal Domain
Click on photos to enlarge