"Tini Whetu ki te Rangi ko nga Uri O Rangitāne ki te Whenua"
"As numerous as the stars in the sky so are the people of great Rangitāne upon the land"
Rangitāne are descendants of Whātonga, captain of the Kurahaupō canoe that arrived at Māhia Peninsula on the East Coast of the North Island. The tribe take their name from Whātonga's grandson, Rangitāne (also known as Tānenui-a-rangi).
Rangitāne occupy Manawatu, Tāmakinui-a-Rua (present-day Dannevirke), Wairarapa, Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington), and Wairau in the South Island.
Rangitāne settled around the Manawatu River with settlements all along the River from Te Apiti, in the north, to the junction of the Pohangina and Manawatu Rivers and the confluence of the Oroua and Manawatu Rivers. Settlements also existed around the mouth of the Manawatu River where it became one with the sea.
Rangitaane occupation of the Manawatu and Horowhenua Districts continues today with a strong connection to its many cultural sites and landscapes. Rangitaane O Manawatu hapu are Ngati Hineaute, Ngati Kapuarangi, Ngati Rangitepaia, Ngati Mairehau, Ngati Rangiaranaki and Ngati Tauira.
Rangitāne had strong leaders who fought tirelessly for the ongoing survival of Rangitāne O Manawatu and helped the tribe adjust to change in the 19th century.
Rangitaane O Manawatu is today represented by Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Inc. (TMI), the mandated iwi authority and operates under the guidance of operate Te Mauri O Rangitaane O Manawatu (TMOROM) to protect and develop the mana of Rangitaane O Manawatu.
Horowhenua District Council and Rangitaane O Manawatu Partnership
A Memorandum of Partnership with Te Mauri O Rangitaane O Manawatu was approved by Horowhenua District Council on 3 September 2008, the first of its kind to be signed with iwi and is reviewed annually. It also provided for an annual payment from Council to company Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Incorporated (TMI), the iwi authority for Rangitāne of Manawatū providing environmental consultation, health services and educational scholarships, and progressing treaty claims.
The partnership document enables both parties to work on environmental projects where there is mutual benefit for their respective communities of interest, consult with each other on issues of significance and develop opportunities that allow TMI to share in the relevant decision making processes with Council.
TMI president Maurice Takarangi said at the time that the group was looking forward to an ongoing relationship with Council.
The importance of the occasion was demonstrated by Mayor Brendan Duffy who stood up at the Council meeting to approve the motion, and it was deemed a "significant milestone for Council in terms of fostering iwi relationships" by the Chief Executive, who further said it sent a clear message regarding Council's serious intent by which it would engage in future iwi liaison and consultation.
Te Hotu Manawa o Rangitaane O Manawatu: 148-150 Maxwells Line, Palmerston North.
Chief Executive Officer
Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Incorporated
140-148 Maxwells Line
PO Box 1341
Phone: (06) 353-1881
Fax: (06) 355-1880