Waikato leaders Te Moanaroa and Te Awaitaia

Te Moanaroa (also known as Te Amoahanga and Amoanaroa) of Waingaroa or Raglan Harbour (left), with Te Awaitaia or William Naylor, 1844. Both men are described as chiefs of Waikato.


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22 comments have been posted about Waikato leaders Te Moanaroa and Te Awaitaia

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Cynthia Matthews

Posted: 01 May 2017

Since moving back to live in Whaingaroa, I discovered that David McNeish was buried over Te Horea. Now comes my search for other whanau. Very interesting.

Cynthia Matthews

Posted: 15 Mar 2017

Avice, tena koe. On your Haimona side is also my mothers. Her dad was Te Moa Haimona, (Jim Simon) his father was Hohua Haimona, brother of Para Haimona. My grandfather is buried on Pukerewa.

Cynthia Matthews

Posted: 20 Feb 2017

Could anyone of our relatives tell me where Te Ani is buried?. I was informed many years ago that David McNish was buried over Horea.


Posted: 06 Nov 2015

Kia ora Brett - if you zoom in on the you will see his name is written under his image. See: http://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE326941&dps_custom_att_1=tapuhi

Brett McCardle

Posted: 05 Nov 2015

I don't think Te Awa-i-taia would have been crouching, cowering subserviantly beside another chief, he had more Mana than that. This is after reading and studying his life. Has anyone verified this painting as being Te Awa-i-taia. I hope this can help a bit, I just hope this great man is not trivialised. I suppose it doesn't matter much really as it was all a long time ago


Posted: 22 Dec 2013

Ae, Moanaroa - Son of Tapatai aka. Punatoto. At the time of this painting, Te Awaitaia was the ruling chief of the Whaingaroa area, Whaingaroa having conquered by Ngati Mahanga from its previous owners (Ngati Koata, Ngati Toa, and some parts of Ngati Tahinga). This was known as the Battle of Huripopo, and was led by Tapatai, Father of Moanaroa. Uncontested and supreme. And as the contributor named "Ngati Hourua" has said there is much to be said in the way they are painted. Awaitaia was a war lord, but from a junior line, who rose to greatness by force of character, when they finally expelled Te Rauparaha and others from the west coast. Whereas Moanaroa was from the very senior line of Ngati Mahanga; and him crouching is an acknowledgement that as far as "tuakanatanga" goes, Moanaroa is the Senior/tuakana.

It is not uncommon to have multiple persons with the same name as well. However this Moanaroa, standing in a superior position to Awaitaia, is obviously the son of Tapatai ! Else the crouch would never have happened. Seriously, a chief will not lower himself for anything, unless the tuakanatanga is there.

daniel moanaroa howe

Posted: 15 Dec 2013

Moanaroa, is common in Howe family, including me and my grandad.

Ngaati Hourua

Posted: 02 May 2013

Who can provide the uplines for this Te Moanaroa - as far as I am aware this particular Te Moanaroa was of the Ngaati Maahanga tribe, and is the reason why Te Awaitaia is kneeling at his feet.. because this particular Te Moanaroa was the eldest son of Tapatai Te Punatoto the paramount chief of Waikato in his time. And would be the only person Te Awaitaia was junior too....

Cynthia Matthews

Posted: 14 Dec 2012

kiaora Riki, I am your Aunty. Your Koro William is my Dads Cousin, your Nanny is Laura which makes her my aunt. I also know your mum Pania, she is my cousin. My grandmother, Miriama Moanaroa was your Koko Naes sister. The only female in their whanau. Miriama was my Dads mother. My dad, Richard, and Uncle Rauna are brothers.

Cynthia Matthews

Posted: 14 Dec 2012

Avice, kiaora, I am closely related to you on both the Moanaroa and Simon side. I know Rangikaahu. Tahinga was an Iwi, not a Hapu. Moanaroa and Turiwhati were brothers. Ben Rupapere, his daughter Rangi married a Gilgen. Hence David Gilgen. Rangi is with the Mormon Church.