Our Organisational Structure
Mataraunui: Ngā Marae o Tauranga Moana is a special video series in partnership with Ngai te Rangi & Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ranginui, to showcase marae and areas with historical significance around Tauranga Moana, following the waiata ‘Tūmokemoke.’ Below is the series of Mangatawa.
Name: Nga Tohora e toru
Voice: Wakata Kingi
Long, long ago, a whale and her baby swam into the Tauranga Harbour. They swam through the entrance, past Mauao and Te Moutere o Matakana.
They decided to venture further into the harbour, so they swam up past Te Papa and Matapihi toward Maungatapu. Once there, they found the water getting shallower, so they decided to return to deeper water. However, instead of swimming back out through the entrance, they turned and headed into the Rangataua arm of the harbour between Matapihi and Maungatapu.
They struggled over the mudflats of Rangataua, trying to find a way back to the open sea. They knew which direction the ocean lay; they could hear the sound of the waves pounding on to the beach at Omanu and Papamoa. Tired and thirsty, they stopped at Karikari on the eastern shore of Rangataua to drink from a spring. They did not know that the spring was magic and that drinking from the spring would turn them into stone. They began to drink. Suddenly all life departed from them.
The father whale came in search of his family. He saw that they had turned to stone. He too, drank from the spring and became fixed behind the mother and baby whale, and is known as Kopukairoa. The mother whale, Mangatawa, lies at the southern end of Rangataua Bay with the baby whale, Hikurangi, nestled beside her.
1st Office was the old Hay Shed
which was located at the rear of the Maintenance Area
2nd Office was Rangimarie Mcleod's House
3rd Office Mangatawa Marae
Wharekai Nga Tuahine
42 Tarehe Lane
4th Office 2nd Hand Shearers Shed
Refurbished Into Offices
(Burnt Down – 2015)
5th Office Old Nursery Office
Shop and Tractor Shed
6th Office What You See Now
1 Te Rama o te Tihi Place,