This section provies information about iwi in Te Tau Ihu, the top of the South Island.
Te Tau Ihu Iwi
Eight iwi (tribes) are tangata whenua (people of the land) in Te Tau Ihu (top of the South Island):
- Ngāti Kuia
- Ngāti Rārua
- Ngāti Tama ki Te Tau Ihu
- Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui
- Ngāti Kōata
- Ngāti Toa Rangatira
- Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō
- Rangitāne o Wairau
Tasman District also covers the northern part of the Ngāi Tahu takiwā (tribal area/territory).
A statutory acknowledgment is legal recognition of the particular cultural, spiritual, historical and traditional association of an iwi with an identified statutory area.
The Māori population has increased steadily in the last ten years. As at the 2013 Census there were 3,438 Māori in the Tasman District - a 12% increase since 2006.
Read a brief history of Māori in the Tasman District.
Contact details for a range of iwi, business and social organisations.
Read a brief account of the tangata whenua of the top of the South Island.
Details of marae in the region.
Links to Government and local resources - directories, indexes, Waitangi Tribunal decisions and websites.
Kaumātua - Archdeacon Andy Joseph
Kaumātua Archdeacon Andy Joseph provides the Mayor and Elected Members with support around tikanga Māori.
Statement on Fostering Māori Participation in Council Decision-Making
This statement outlines the steps Council intends to take to foster Māori capacity to contribute to Council decision-making processes during the current Long Term Plan.