The Ngāi Tai tribe, descended from the people of the Tainui canoe. This group lived under forest cover in the Waitākere, they were based south of the Manukau.
The Ngāpuhi Invasion
From the early 18th century the Ngāti Pāoa people moved into Hauraki Gulf. Between 1740 and 1750 Ngāti Whātua-o-Kaipara moved south, and killed Kiwi Tāmaki, paramount chief of Wai-o-Hua.
Land use in our region
From 1600 to 1750 the Tāmaki tribes terraced the volcanic cones, building pā. Across the isthmus, they developed 2,000 hectares of kūmara gardens.
Before and After
In 1821, wanting to avenge previous defeats by Tāmaki tribes, the Ngāpuhi leader Hongi Hika launched a series of attacks on the region.
The coastal area of Auckland was a smorgasbord of resources for early Maori. Wood pigeons were plentiful around Ohuiarangi, hence the name Pigeon Mountain. Kumara, taro, yams and gourds were grown on Browns Island
The population of NZ had risen a lot in 2000 years from 1300-1600 to 100,000 - 120,000