Tangata Whenua

MOTAT believes in the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi deeply and actively promotes collaboration with community and cultural groups in the wider Auckland region.

Since the start of migration to Aotearoa New Zealand, Mäori communities have moved through and around the Tamaki region, changing to suit the tribes seasonal and food requirements. Throughout the area they hunted birds and fish, gathered wild food, and cultivated kumara and descent lines and inter-tribal relationships came to be.

Ngäti Whätua o Orakei are recognised as the tangata whenua of Auckland, and are a hapu (subtribe) of the wider NgätiWhätua iwi (tribe) based in Kaipara. There are rich stories to be told relating to Maori culture and technology, and MOTAT has formed a partnership with local iwi Ngäti Whätua o Orakei to explore way in which we can incorporate this into the Museum to share these stories.