Māori culture and identity is celebrated by Aucklanders and is our point of difference in the world. It brings visitors to our shore, attracts investment, and builds a sense of belonging and pride.
Auckland embraces its uniqueness founded on
te Tiriti o Waitangi and shaped by its Māori history and presence.
Te Tiriti recognises the
rangatiratanga of Auckland's
iwi, and the inseparable bond between
Tāmaki Makaurau the people and Tāmaki Makaurau the place.
Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand have lived in Tāmaki Makaurau for over 1000 years.
Today, the population of
Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau is diverse and dynamic. They comprise nearly 12 per cent of Auckland's population, and number around 160,000 people. Over half are under 25 years and nearly a third under 15 years.
More than 50 per cent of Auckland's Māori live south of the Tāmaki River.
A significant proportion of Māori, however, are not benefitting from Auckland's success.
Māori living in Auckland are either:
- the hapū and
iwi of Tāmaki Makaurau, known as
mana whenua, or
- those who are not in a Tāmaki Makaurau mana whenua group, known as
There are 19 mana whenua groups in Tāmaki Makaurau whose interests and boundaries overlap, and make up around 15 per cent of Auckland's Māori.
See the interactive map for the mana whenua locations and read more about the iwi of Tāmaki Makaurau. You can zoom into areas of the map and click on the icons for more information.