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Ngāti Manawa

Our History

The occupation by Tangiharuru of these lands was achieved through conquest of the Marangaranga towards of the end of the 16th – early 17th century. He was driven by a fierce desire to settle on his own whenua having spent a considerable part of his life on the whenua of others very much at their behest.

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Ngāti Manawa

Our Rohe

Tawhiuau is the sacred mountain of Ngati Manawa and is a source of tribal mana. Rangitaiki is the river which is the central pillar of the Rangitaiki valley and which provided the main source of subsistence for the people of Ngati Manawa.

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Our Marae

Rangitahi is the location of the present marae of Rangitahi . Tipapa is the site of the present marae of Tipapa which is the home of the Ngai Tokowaru hapu of Ngati Manawa. Painoaiho is the location of the present marae of Painoaiho

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Who We Are

Ko Tāwhiuau te Maunga

Ko Rangitaiki te Awa

Ko Rangipo te Wehenga o te Tuna

Ko Ngāti Manawa te Iwi

Ko Tangiharuru te Tangata


The name Manawa is derived from our Tipuna Manawatu Manawaoho Manawarere Manawakotokoto. Ngāti Manawa trace their descent from the Tainui, Te Arawa and Mataatua canoes. Its eponymous ancestors are Apa-Hapai-Taketake and Tangiharuru. The Rohe of Ngāti Manawa can be best defined in the inherent korero from the last Paramount Chief Harehare Atarea Ngāti Manawa is a Central North Island Iwi based in Murupara whose traditional tribal area includes the Kuhawaea and Kaingaroa Plains and the middle and upper reaches of the Rangitaiki River. According to the 2006 census data, Ngāti Manawa has a population of 1,938. Ngāti Manawa’s beneficiary register has approximately 3,500 members. The area in which Ngāti Manawa claim interests for Treaty Settlement purposes covers approximately 249,000 hectares.

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Ngāti Manawa has incorporated the power of a mobile app for instant updates, instant communication on events and hui around Aotearoa. The app will benefit iwi members all over the world to help keep in touch with whanau and friends and to be updated on the important affairs of Ngāti Manawa.

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Our Trustees

Kani Edwards

Kani Edwards

(Rangitahi – Chairman)

Kani Edwards, Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa, was born and bred in Murupara, and grew up in and around Rangitahi Marae. Kani was in the New Zealand Police for 19 years. Kani was also a Housing Services Manager for Housing

New Zealand and Regional Team Manager for Crown Forest Rental Trust where he was responsible for Tāmaki Makaurau, Te Moana Nui a Toi, and Hauraki rohe. Before becoming an elected trustee on the Rūnanga, Kani engaged in a six-month secondment with the Rūnanga where he was both in charge of the commercial arm of the comprehensive settlement for Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa. Currently, Kani is a Senior Implementation Adviser – Māori Partnerships, at the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Pat McManus

Bert Messent

(Tipapa – Vice Chairman)

Bert Messent, vice chairman, is a father of two girls and a koro with two boy mokos.  Bert was first elected onto Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa back in 2011 and is currently serving his second term as a trustee on Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa,

representing Tipapa Marae, also the director for Mataatua Ace Holdings Ltd and Associate Director along with Murray for Tokowaru Assets Holding Company. Bert attended Tawhiuau Primary School and Rangitahi College.  Bert has worked extensively within the forestry industry, and was also a Prison Officer at both Tongariro/Rangipo and Waikeria Prisons. Bert has also represented Murupara, Bay of Plenty and NZ Maori in an array of sporting codes including rugby, table tennis, softball and cricket.
Taiarahia Taitoko

Taiarahia Taitoko

(Tipapa – Treasurer)

Taiarahia was elected onto Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa in 2014 and represents Tipapa Marae.  Taiarahia is our newly appointed treasurer and brings over 30 years working experience where she has gained skills in areas of Māori land administration,

operation of governance bodies, office management, and financial and strategic planning.  She has also been involved in helping whānau members through Maori Land Court processes, Treaty claims, and has contributed to post-settlement governance structures and strategic planning; she was also a trustee on the Ahu Whenua Trust.  Currently, Taiarahia lives in Rotorua where she is a Share Registry Manager at Deloitte.

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