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.
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.
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
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.
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.