Muaūpoko - Ngāi Tara o Mua Ūpoko o te Ika a Maui
Muaūpoko are the descendants of Tara, the ancestor of the Ngāi Tara tribe, and a great, great grandson of Kupe of the Matahourua waka and a son of Whātonga of the Kurahaupō waka.
He and their descendants discovered, explored and named places throughout Aotearoa, and these remain on the land, coast and sea today, most notably Te Whanganui ā-Tara (Wellington) and the Tararua Ranges, Te Waewae Kāpiti Ko Tara rāua Ko Tautoki (Rangitāne). Muaūpoko - also known as Ngāi Tara o Mua Ūpoko o te Ika a Maui - developed as a separate and unique iwi over time and established its own hapū, areas of occupation, use and access to resources from the western side of the Remutaka and Tararua Ranges to Te Whanganui ā-Tara (Wellington), Porirua, Kāpiti Coast, Horowhenua, Manawatū to Rangitīkei. One source for the origin of the tribal name Muaūpoko is derived from living at the head of the fish.