ki te Upoko o te Ika
History » Tama Ariki of Tokomaru waka
Ngati Tama are those who whakapapa back to Tama Ariki, the chief navigator on the Tokomaru waka, are Ngati Tama. The Iwi of Ngati Tama is located in north Taranaki around Poutama. On its northern boundary (Mohakatino River) are the Tainui and Waikato/Maniapoto tribes, and on the southern boundary is Ngati Mutunga. The close geographical proximity of Tainui's Ngati Toa (of Kawhia), and Ngati Mutunga explains the long, continuous, and close relationship between the three Iwi.