Mana Whenua are Māori with ancestral relationships in certain areas in Tāmaki Makaurau where they exercise customary authority.

The tribe's history and legends are based in the lands they have occupied over generations and the land provides the sustenance for the people and to provide hospitality for guests. 

Auckland Council recognises 19 tribal authorities as representing Mana Whenua interests in Auckland. They are: 

Tribal group

Iwi and hapū

Tribal authority

Ngāti Wai

Ngāti Wai

Ngāti Manuhiri

Ngāti Rehua

Ngāti Wai Trust Board

Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust

Ngāti Rehua – Ngāti Wai ki Aotea Trust

Ngāti Whātua

 Ngāti Whātua


Te Uri o Hau

Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara

Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua (regional body)

Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust

Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Trust

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust

Waiohua –Tāmaki

Te Kawerau a Maki

Ngāti Tamaoho

Te Akitai Waiohua

Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua


Te Ahiwaru

Ngai Tai ki Tāmaki

Te Kawerau Iwi Tribal Authority

Ngāti Tamaoho Trust

Te Akitai Waiohua Iwi Authority

Te Ara Rangatū o Te Iwi o Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua

Makaurau Marae Trustees

Ngai Tai Ki Tāmaki Tribal Trust


Ngāti Paoa

Ngāti Whanaunga

Ngāti Maru

Ngāti Tamaterā

Te Patukirikiri

Ngāti Paoa Trust

Ngāti Whanaunga Incorporated

Ngāti Maru Rūnanga Incorporated

Ngāti Tamaterā Settlement Trust

Te Patukirikiri Incorporated



Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Incorporated