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Ngāti Rangitihi
Iwi of New Zealand
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Rohe (location) Bay of Plenty

Ngāti Rangitihi is a Māori iwi of New Zealand, located in the Bay of Plenty.

Ngati Rangitihi is the senior tribe of Te Arawa. The 8 beating hearts of Te Arawa come under the umbrella of Rangitihi (the people of Rangitihi).



Ngati Rangitihi history is carved into the pole beside of the Rangiaohia wharenui at the Matata Pa and at Tamatekapua wharenui at Te Papaiouru Marae at Rotorua, Ngati Rangitihi is the carved figure at the top of the pole, the 8 beating hearts are below Rangitihi. Their hapu, Ngati Mahi and Ngati Tionga are the recognised hapu of Ngati Rangitihi today.

The Ngati Tionga hapu has occupied (Ahika) Otamarora (Matata) since 1700, under our chiefs, Rohi, Tewhareiti, Tionga, Tangihia Tionga and Porione Tangihia.

Pre-1928, carvings were green. The Whare Nui was named Tionga.

The Tionga Marae was located on Lot 5, Arawa Street, Matata. Where it was owned by members Tangihia family. In the late 1880s Ngati Mahi renovated the Tionga marae, replacing the thatch with an iron roof and the raupo wall panels with sawn timber. In 1928 a tornado lifted the marae building up and carried it to its present location. Where it has been renamed the Rangiohia Whare nui and maintained Ngati Mahi ever since.

Rohe (traditional lands)

The recognised Rohe of Ngati Rangitihi as submitted to the Waitangi Tribunal in evidence during an urgent hearing in February 2002. It was not challenged by the legal Counsel for the Crown, Tuwharetoa ki Kawerau or Ngati Awa who were all present at the time.

The Ngati Rangitihi land (rohe) extends from the East side of the Tarawera River mouth to Otamarakau, inland to Lake Rotoehu, through Lake Rotoma and through Lake Okataina and Lake Tarawera. South into the Kaiangaroa forest. East including the western third of the Matahina Block. Pokohu and Putauaki and out to the coast following the line of the Tarawera River.

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