NGĀ KORERO - The Stories

Here we profile Ngāti Rangitihi (and Te Arawa) stories that arise from a rich and colourful history. We welcome contributions from the iwi.


Joe Warbrick - All Black Legend

Joe Warbrick - All Black Legend

[1862-1903]

Born on 1 January 1862 in Rotorua to Englishman Abraham Warbrick and his Maori wife Nga Karauna Paerau, Joseph Astbury Warbrick was one of five children (four sons and a daughter)... More

Nuku-te-Apiapi

Nuku-te-Apiapi

[1873-]

The carved house Nuku Te Apiapi was commenced around 1873 by Aramakaraka te Mokonui-a-rangi, chief of Ngāti Rangitihi at Matatā. The carvers employed were Tara Te Awatapu (also called Te Amo Awatapu) and his pupil Wero Taroi... More

Steve Watene - A Lifetime of Service

Steve Watene - A Lifetime of Service

[1910-1967]

Puti Tipene Watene, popularly known as Steve Watene, was a New Zealand rugby league player and politician who gave a lifetime of service to the Maori people... More