c1903. A map of Auckland showing the proposed Whau canal connection the Waitemata and Manukau harbours. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZ Map 6231.

c1903. A map of Auckland showing the proposed Whau canal connection the Waitemata and Manukau harbours. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZ Map 6231.

The Te Kawerau-a-Maki people regard Tiriwa, pictured          here, as another significant ancestor. Their heartland is          the Waitākere Ranges, which they call Te Waonui-a-Tiriwa          (the great forest of Tiriwa). This carving of Tiriwa,          which stands in front of the Arataki Visitors’ Centre in          the Waitākeres, shows him carrying the island of          Rangitoto. He is said to have moved the island from          Karekare to the Hauraki Gulf.

The Te Kawerau-a-Maki people regard Tiriwa, pictured here, as another significant ancestor. Their heartland is the Waitākere Ranges, which they call Te Waonui-a-Tiriwa (the great forest of Tiriwa). This carving of Tiriwa, which stands in front of the Arataki Visitors’ Centre in the Waitākeres, shows him carrying the island of Rangitoto. He is said to have moved the island from Karekare to the Hauraki Gulf.

The six Auckland maori tribes

The six Auckland maori tribes

Waiti Village at Te Henga on the banks of the Waitakere River, 1910. Te Henga means 'the food for a work party'. John Bethell's building on right. The tangata whenua (people of the land), Te Kawerau a Maki have a long occupation of this area. The village would have become uninhabitable soon after 1910 when the Waitakere Dam was completed upstream, subsequently changing the River. http://heritageetal.blogspot.co.nz/2013/10/te-henga.html

Waiti Village at Te Henga on the banks of the Waitakere River, 1910. Te Henga means 'the food for a work party'. John Bethell's building on right. The tangata whenua (people of the land), Te Kawerau a Maki have a long occupation of this area. The village would have become uninhabitable soon after 1910 when the Waitakere Dam was completed upstream, subsequently changing the River. http://heritageetal.blogspot.co.nz/2013/10/te-henga.html

1940. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Kelly,-Leslie-George,-1906-1959-Tamaki-Makau-Rau-:-map-of-the-Tamaki-isthmus-with-Maori-place-names. Map of Waitemata Harbour including Rangitoto and Manukau Harbour showing Maori place names. Auckland War Memorial Museum - G9083.A82.

1940. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Kelly,-Leslie-George,-1906-1959-Tamaki-Makau-Rau-:-map-of-the-Tamaki-isthmus-with-Maori-place-names. Map of Waitemata Harbour including Rangitoto and Manukau Harbour showing Maori place names. Auckland War Memorial Museum - G9083.A82.

Te Wao Nui A Tiriwa - The great forest of Tiriwa. Hikurangi is the mountain, Te Wao Nui a Tiriwa is the forest, Nga Tai Whakatu a Kupe is the sea, Te Au o Te Whenua is the ancestor, Te Kawerau a Maki are the people. Place Names Courtesy of Kate Murdoch. http://www.waitakereranges.org.nz/about-the-ranges.html

Te Wao Nui A Tiriwa - The great forest of Tiriwa. Hikurangi is the mountain, Te Wao Nui a Tiriwa is the forest, Nga Tai Whakatu a Kupe is the sea, Te Au o Te Whenua is the ancestor, Te Kawerau a Maki are the people. Place Names Courtesy of Kate Murdoch. http://www.waitakereranges.org.nz/about-the-ranges.html

Longer tramps in the Waitakere Ranges, from 2 - 7 hours. See photos, maps and the guide at http://trampaddicts.weebly.com/waitakere-tramps.html

Longer tramps in the Waitakere Ranges, from 2 - 7 hours. See photos, maps and the guide at http://trampaddicts.weebly.com/waitakere-tramps.html

Four Maori chiefs of Ngati Whatua exchanged land in 1844 for a schooner named Lucidan owned by the shipping firm of Henderson & Macfarlane. The Government of the day decided against Henderson and it took 29 years for his claim to be finalised, whereby he got half of the land claimed. The Maori got to keep the schooner.

Four Maori chiefs of Ngati Whatua exchanged land in 1844 for a schooner named Lucidan owned by the shipping firm of Henderson & Macfarlane. The Government of the day decided against Henderson and it took 29 years for his claim to be finalised, whereby he got half of the land claimed. The Maori got to keep the schooner.

The Waitakere Ranges are where fairies live - called Turehu by local Maori; they had red hair. Read about the fairies of the Waitakere Ranges at http://www.waitakere.govt.nz/abtcit/ei/pdfs/localareastudies/maorihistorylegends.pdf

The Waitakere Ranges are where fairies live - called Turehu by local Maori; they had red hair. Read about the fairies of the Waitakere Ranges at http://www.waitakere.govt.nz/abtcit/ei/pdfs/localareastudies/maorihistorylegends.pdf

This map centres on Te Tō Waka, the canoe portage between the Tāmaki River and the Manukau Harbour. Maungakiekie on the top left is One Tree Hill. Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira

This map centres on Te Tō Waka, the canoe portage between the Tāmaki River and the Manukau Harbour. Maungakiekie on the top left is One Tree Hill. Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira


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Tamaki Makau Rau map of Auckland. Maori place names not readable. Auckland Museum collection. http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/map/1017/maori-place-names

Tamaki Makau Rau map of Auckland. Maori place names not readable. Auckland Museum collection. http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/map/1017/maori-place-names

1877 Map of West Auckland showing the Riverhead end of the 'Portage Railway' to Helensville, and the proposed extension of the Auckland railway line to Riverhead. The line was completed to Glen Eden in March 1880.

1877 Map of West Auckland showing the Riverhead end of the 'Portage Railway' to Helensville, and the proposed extension of the Auckland railway line to Riverhead. The line was completed to Glen Eden in March 1880.

1940-1945. A topographic map of the area in West Auckland. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZ Map 2258.

1940-1945. A topographic map of the area in West Auckland. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZ Map 2258.

1940-1945. A topographic map of the area around Manukau Harbour. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZ Map 2250.

1940-1945. A topographic map of the area around Manukau Harbour. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZ Map 2250.

1863. Map showing the position of the 'H M S Orpheus' that was wrecked on the Manukau bar on 7 Feb 1863. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 4-708.

1863. Map showing the position of the 'H M S Orpheus' that was wrecked on the Manukau bar on 7 Feb 1863. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 4-708.

1860s. Allotments around the Manukau Harbour, and along the Great South Road to the Waikato River. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZ Map 4450.

1860s. Allotments around the Manukau Harbour, and along the Great South Road to the Waikato River. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZ Map 4450.

1853. Manukau Heads. Alexander Turnbull Library  Reference: MapColl-832.12aj/1853/17246

1853. Manukau Heads. Alexander Turnbull Library Reference: MapColl-832.12aj/1853/17246

1862 Tribal Boundaries map. Uriohau Ngati Whatua in West Auckland and Kaipara = No.3 (yellow) population 550 Maori. Ngati Tai in Auckland = No.4 (pink) population 77 Maori. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZ Map 4327

1862 Tribal Boundaries map. Uriohau Ngati Whatua in West Auckland and Kaipara = No.3 (yellow) population 550 Maori. Ngati Tai in Auckland = No.4 (pink) population 77 Maori. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZ Map 4327

1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Morrow,-Arthur,-1842-1937-Sargeant,-H.H. Gibbons,-?-Entrances-:-Manukau-Harbour. Manuscript map of the Manukau Heads, featuring Huia Bay, Puponga Pt., North Bank, Main or Middle Bank; soundings in fathoms, signal stations, and other topographical features depicted. Height shown by hachures. Auckland War Memorial Museum - G9082.M25.

1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Morrow,-Arthur,-1842-1937-Sargeant,-H.H. Gibbons,-?-Entrances-:-Manukau-Harbour. Manuscript map of the Manukau Heads, featuring Huia Bay, Puponga Pt., North Bank, Main or Middle Bank; soundings in fathoms, signal stations, and other topographical features depicted. Height shown by hachures. Auckland War Memorial Museum - G9082.M25.

Maori In The Waitakere Ranges, By J. T. Diamond. Journal of the Polynesian Society, pages 304-314. Read online

Maori In The Waitakere Ranges, By J. T. Diamond. Journal of the Polynesian Society, pages 304-314. Read online

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