Ngāti Manuhiri are our local iwi. They have supported our school since it’s opening in 2009. They blessed the first sod that was turned when construction began in 2008. Our Maori name Te Manu o te Ngahere, was gifted by Ngāti Manuhiri when the buildings were blessed prior to opening. They also donated two significant awards for the male & female leaders of our Kapa Haka group. We appreciate their on-going support and advice.
Ngāti Manuhiri is an iwi from Mahurangi, whose rohe extends from the Bream Trail to the Okura River mouth on the North Shore, including the off-shore islands Hauturu o Toi, Kawau o Tu Maro, Panitiki and Hawere a Maki.
Ngāti Manuhiri is descended from Manuhiri, the oldest son of the great rangatira Maki from Kawhia. Manuhiri, along with his parents and fellow siblings, migrated from Kawhia to Tāmaki in the mid-1600s. They occupied whenua from Tāmaki to Kaipara on the west coast, then across to the east coast from Mangawhai in the north down to Takapuna. They also raupatu out to the offshore islands such as Hauturu o Toi and Aotea, where Manuhiri’s first cousin Rehua and his uri still maintain customary occupation today.