MAUNGAKIEKIE Published 2005 by Art DepartmentM working in collaboration with Maori DepartmentA Penrose High SchoolR Greenlane AucklandAE
Introduction to Maungakiekie Marae.‘From Maori traditions, such as those recorded by Mr Justice Fenton in 1868 it is learnt that the first known inhabitantsbelonged to the Waiohua people, a group that included related sub-tribes; the Nga Iwi, the Nga Oho and Nga Riki.By the middle of the 18th century (1750) the Waiohua had an outstanding leader named Kiwi Tamaki, who ruled over thewhole isthmus from his principal pa One Tree Hill or Maungakiekie.’ (1982) P10.Lady Fox, (1982), describes ‘Maunga’ as hill, and ‘Kiekie’ as a ‘stong climbing plant’, the botanical name being, Freycinetiabanksii. This plant is a parasite on trees ( in the North Island bush). Maungakiekie therefore, is implied as a place whichwas covered in bush. Maori used the leaves of the kiekie plant for plaiting into mats and baskets.The original tree on the summit of the hill was an ancient Totara (Podocarpus totara), and was planted about 1600. One ofthe Ngati Awa, passing south, were asked to stay by the Ngariki, who were descended from Titahi’s people.While staying there the wife of the Ngati Awa chief gave birth to a son, and being a child of high rank, a traditional ceremonywas observed and a totara seedling, on which the baby’s umbilical cord had been cut, was planted on the summit of the hill.The child was called Koroki and lived at Maungakiekie until he reached manhood. So great was Koroki’s ‘mana’ that thelittle tree grew and flourished, for 200 years. The Maoris named the hill after this tree ‘Te Totara I ahua’ or ‘the Totara thatstands alone’. (1982), P14.When John Logn Campbell, on his first visit to Auckland in 1840, saw the hill, he also was impressed with it, and named themountain ‘One Tree Hill’.‘Our school marae stands in the shadow of this historic mountain which is an icon for many visitors to Tamaki Makaurau formany years.’Wai DennisCultural Co-ordinatorHOD Te Reo Maori.