Council currently has in place Memorandum of Partnerships with:
  • Muaūpoko Tribal Authority
  • Rangitāne O Manawatū 
  • Ngāti Tukorehe
  • Te Kotahitanga o Te Iwi o Ngā ti Wehi Wehi.
More information about these partnerships can be viewed below.

Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga is another local iwi with strong ties to the Horowhenua District. While Council does not have an official Memorandum of Partnership with Ngāti Raukawa, they are a key stakeholder in our District and are often involved in consultations.

Horowhenua District Council recognises the importance and special position of tangata whenua within the region. 

Memorandum of Partnerships are becoming increasingly important as Council seeks closer and meaningful working relationships with the Maori community, to achieve effective consultation on a wide range of issues affecting our respective areas of governance.

Māori see people and the environment as closely inter-related and share with us a strong interest in maintaining and protecting the environment as well as developing the economic future of the area.

Through its decision-making processes, Council recognises the principals of the Treaty of Waitangi and kaitiakitanga, providing for the relationship of Māori and their traditions with their ancestral lands, water sites, waahi tapu and other taonga.

Council is committed to the continuing process of consultation with Maori in the District, and has worked with iwi on a number of collaborative projects including our prestigious Culture and Community Centre - Te Takeretanga o Kura-Hau-Po.

Muaūpoko are the descendants of Tara, the eponymous ancestor of the Ngai Tara tribe, and a great, great grandson of Kupe of the Matahourua waka and a son of Whatonga of the Kurahaupo Waka.

Ngāti Wehi Wehi is located in Manakau, which is the most southern part of the Horowhenua District. Ngāti Wehi Wehi also covers part of the Kapiti Coast District Council and Wellington Regional Council boundaries.

Rangitāne are descendants of Whātonga, captain of the Kurahaupō canoe that arrived at Māhia Peninsula on the East Coast of the North Island. The tribe take their name from Whātonga's grandson, Rangitāne (also known as Tānenui-a-rangi).

Ngāti Tukorehe have one of the few Māori owned Private Training Establishments in Aotearoa, and deliver Tikanga, Language and Māori   worldview based programs from Tukorehe marae.


Te Kāhui Māngai: Directory of Māori Organisations

Te Kāhui Māngai is an online directory of Iwi and Māori organisations, maintained and administered by Te Puni Kōkiri, and is a useful consultation tool for any party wishing to contact representatives of Māori tribes around New Zealand.

Te Kāhui Māngai is also useful for those who want to find out basic information about iwi, hapū and marae; and the role of certain other national and urban Māori organisations. To browse for Iwi in the Horowhenua District, please visit