Rangitāne O Manawatu

Rangitāne o Manawatu

"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 grandson, Rangitāne (also known as Tānenui-a-rangi).

Rangitāne occupy Manawatu, Tāmaki nui-a-Rua (present-day Dannevirke), Wairarapa, Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington), and Wairau in the South Island.

Rangitāne inter alia 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.

Rangitāne occupation of the Manawatu and Horowhenua Districts continues today with a strong connection to its many cultural sites and landscapes. Rangitāne O Manawatu hapu are Ngāti Hineaute, Ngāti Kapuarangi, Ngāti Rangitepaia, Ngāti Mairehau, Ngāti Rangiaranaki and Ngāti Tauira.

Rangitāne had strong Rangatira who fought tirelessly for the ongoing survival of Rangitāne o Manawatu and helped the tribe adjust to change in the 19th century.

Rangitāne o Manawatu is today represented by Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Incorporated (TMI), the  iwi authority and operates under the guidance of Te Mauri o Rangitāne o Manawatu (TMoROM, the council of Elders) to protect and develop the mana of Rangitāne O Manawatu.

Rangitāne o Manawatu has settled their Treaty Claims. Rangitāne o Manawatu Settlement Trust is the post settlement governance entity that will receive, hold and manage the settlement.

Horowhenua District Council and Rangitāne o Manawatu Partnership

A Memorandum of Partnership with Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Incorporated was approved by Horowhenua District Council on 3 September 2008, the first of its kind to be signed with iwi and is reviewed annually. Inter alia provides for an annual payment from Council to Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Incorporated for consultation between the parties on HDC matters, mainly around environmental and planning issues..

The partnership document enables both parties to work on environmental and planning 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. This positive and collaborative relationship continues until the present day.

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 Rangitāne o Manawatu: 148-150 Maxwells Line, Palmerston North.

Contact information

Danielle Harris
Chief Executive Officer
Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Incorporated

Debbie Te Puni
Corporate Secretary
Email: debbie@Rangitāne.iwi.nz

140-148 Maxwells Line
PO Box 1341
Palmerston North
Phone: (06) 353-1881
Fax: (06) 355-1880
Website: www.Rangitāne.iwi.nz