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Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Incorporation (Mangatawa) is a

Maori Incorporation that was formed on 27 May 1957.

Just before 1957, when the whanau of Nga Potiki amalgamated several smaller land blocks of their whenua, it was for the sole purpose to stop any further confiscations of the lands. The Mangatawa Business is a separate entity from the Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust.

The smaller land blocks were;

  • Mangatawa 4A P
  • Mangatawa 4C
  • Mangatawa 4D
  • Mangatawa 4F
  • Mangatawa 3B No 2
  • Pt Papamoa 2 Section 8B no 2
  • Pt Papamoa 2 section 7A
  • Mangatawa 2B2
  • Mangatawa No 1
  • Papamoa A12
  • Papamoa 2 Section 9B
Since 1957 the main business activity had been farming, Kiwifruit development started in the 1970’s and with new developments we are now at 37 canopy hectares of Haywood and G3 gold, 17 ha Industrial Development, 15ha of Retirement Village, 17ha of developing a 2nd Retirement Village. 

We currently have approximately 850 shareholders, with a total land holding of approximately 750 acres. 

The Legend of Mangatawa

Long, long ago, a whale and her baby swam into the Tauranga Harbour. They swam through the entrance, past Mauao (Mt Maunganui) and Te Moutere o Matakana to Te Papa (Tauranga).

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, they could hear the ocean in the distance and tried to cross back to the Pacific Ocean between Matapihi and Papamoa.

The mother now named Mangatawa and her baby now named Hikurangi, became stranded with the outgoing tide, they drank from enchanted water’s and turned to stone.

The father whale, now named Kopukairoa, came looking for his family and found them turned into stone that became our maunga, devastated he joined his family by drinking the enchanted water’s also turning to stone.

Our maunga are treasured by Nga Potiki and local iwi in Tauranga and afar and are here with us every day.