Whakararau mai ki te pae tukutuku o Taranaki Whanui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika Welcome to the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust

Ki te whakahou whakapakari me te whakanikoniko i te ahurea papori, rangatiratanga o Taranaki Whanui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika To restore, revitalise strengthen and enhance the cultural, social and economic well-being of Taranaki Whanui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika

At the time of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (6 February 1840) the iwi (tribes) living in the Wellington Harbour area originated from the Taranaki region of the North Island. The collective name given to these iwi is Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika (Taranaki Whānui). Their occupation at the time and continued residence attributes them the rights and duties of mana whenua – traditional guardians of the Wellington Harbour and associated lands.

Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika are mana whenua of the Port Nicholson area. The iwi that make up Taranaki Whānui migrated to the Wellington area in the 1830s and have maintained ahi kā. We established ourselves around the Wellington Harbour. Our kāinga, our pā, our gardens have now been largely subsumed by urban development. Yet, we remain. Migration has meant that we are now a minority within our rohe. Yet, we are still the mana whenua. Taranaki Whānui are those people who descend from one or more of the recognised tīpuna of:

  • Te Ati Awa
  • Taranaki
  • Ngati Ruanui
  • Ngati Tama
  • Ngati Mutunga and
  • Other iwi from the Taranaki area

As mana whenua of the Capital City of Aotearoa/New Zealand our vision is to ensure that our members maintain their place within the rohe their tīpuna occupied in 1840. The loss of years and the fragmentation of iwi and whānau over the decades challenges us to restore the rightful place of our people within the Port Nicholson Block rohe.

The Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust was established in August 2008 to receive and manage the Treaty settlement package for Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika.


Taranaki Whānui, as mana whenua of the Whanganui-a-Tara rohe provide cultural services to individiuals and organisations. Please complete the following form and our team will be in touch to confirm your request. All requests should be received at least 10 working days prior to the event. Costs depend on the service provided, and will be discussed with your provider.
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