KIA ORA! Greetings!

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Welcome to Whangarei. Photo taken at Hatea River below Otuihau - Whangarei Falls

Hear and read the stories and legends of Whangarei from tangata whenua - people of the land.

Haere mai ngā manuhiri
Haere mai e, tūārangi e
Mauria mai o koutou aroha i
Te keupapa nei
Tēnā koutou
Tēnā koutou
Tēnā koutou katoa

Tangata whenua or the indigenous people of New Zealand are strongly connected to the environment. Before pakeha or European arrived, Māori dominated Aotearoa, land of the long white cloud.

Tangata whenua are the kaitiaki or protectors of all living forces like the land, forests and waterways. They pride themselves on manaakitanga or welcoming and caring for our visitors, so hope that you may be better informed and enriched by New Zealand's rich history and beautiful Maori culture.

Through this video and brochure, find out about many of the things and places, most of them provided by Papatūānuku, the earth mother, loved and held in high regard by tangata whenua. 

To learn more, download our Whangarei Cultural Guide [5MB]

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