Our History in Harataunga and Mataora

Our ancestors were 19th century coastal sea traders from the Ngāti Porou East Coast region, supplying the growing Hauraki and Auckland markets with food produce. Their schooners plied the route between Whareponga and Auckland, sometimes needing to break the journey at Harataunga (Kennedy Bay) and Mataora.

In the early part of the 19th century, Te Rakahurumai, who was arataki for the hapu of Te Aitanga a Mate, Te Aowera and Te Whanau a Rakairoa, made an approach to the Ngati Tamatera Chief Paora Te Putu for some land “on which to set his foot”. Paora Te Putu agreed with the request and in 1852 land was gifted to the Ngati Porou. Sadly, Te Rakahurumai died at sea before the news reached him. A few months later the land gift was taken up by Makoare, Henare Nawaia, Tamati Tawhiri and Te Mokena, chiefs of Te Aitanga a Mate.

Notwithstanding the more recent relationship with the tuku whenua givers, Ngati Porou ki Hauraki have an ancient link to the land by virtue of Whakapapa. Our illustrious and eponymous ancestor Paikea who came from Hawaiki, lived and cultivated kumara at Ahuahu (Mercury Island), which lies just off the Harataunga coast.

This relationship was revisited constantly through continuous intermarriage, trading and the naming of a large part of the Hauraki. Although Ngati Porou had been present on the land for some time before the land gift, they were only small in numbers; however by the 1850s, growing numbers of Ngati Porou began moving from the East Coast up to Harataunga and Mataora.

Development of the Runanga

Since the 1970s NPKH Trust has been the representative body for Harataunga/Kennedy Bay and Mataora. At that stage it was all the region needed and was able to function as a governing entity with support from a section of the community.

In the late 1990s changes in the community and the need for a more representative body, which could gain a majority support from the community was needed. The then Trust Deed was not able to support this structure and was seen by some in the community as being out of date.

As a result of this, NPKH Trust set about developing a new constitution that would support a governance structure which was in accord with Government Treaty & Fisheries requirements. A number of different governance models were discussed at many hui and finally the current model was established and eventually ratified at a hui in Mataora on the 2nd of September 2006.