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Te Whānau Moana: Ngā Kaupapa me ngā Tikanga; The Customs and Protocols—McCully Matiu and Margaret Mutu (2003)

Te Whānau Moana is the teachings of McCully Matiu (1925-2001; Te Whanau Moana, Ngāti Kahu) as told to Margaret Mutu detailing the customs and protocols of Ngāti Kahu hapū.

Publication details

Matiu, M. and M. Mutu. Te Whānau Moana: Ngā Kaupapa Me Ngā Tikanga; The Customs and Protocols. Auckland: Reed Books, 2003.

About the book

Te Whanau Moana is the name of one Ngāti Kahu hapū located at Karikari in the Far North. Using the traditional Te Whanau Moana form of narration, McCully Matiu explains to present and future generations what it is to be Te Whanau Moana. Drawing on the ancient traditions of the hapū, Matiu explains Te Whanau Moana place names, sets out whakapapa and describes the customs and protocols associated with kaitiakitanga of the hapū’s natural resources. Te Whanau Moana is a comprehensive text that legitimates Ngāti Kahu’s claim to coastal lands, waters, flora and fauna in their tribal area. The book concludes by emphasising the principle of mana whenua and detailing claims against the Crown including the form, nature and extent of the restitution required to settle those claims.

Further information 


This publication is part of the series Te Takarangi: Celebrating Māori publications - a sample list of 150 non-fiction books produced by a partnership between Royal Society Te Apārangi and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.