Te Mana o Ngā Whenua
Te Atiawa Kaumātua who signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 for Te Upoko o te Ika were of Te Atiawa tribal descent. Thus, Te Rūnanganui with the Te Atiawa Tribal Council, represent Te Atiawa and their Treaty partnership responsibilities with the Crown.
Te Atiawa Whanui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika is a grouping of descendants of tupuna who were in the Port Nicholson Block rohe in 1840.
They descend from tupuna of Te Ātiawa, Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui and Ngāti Tama. A kaitiaki role is carried for Ngāti Mutunga.
Read the Port Nicholson Block (Taranaki Whanui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika) Deed of Settlement. (PDF 238K) [more]