Te Rawhiti is a coastal settlement one and a half hours north of Whangarei and forty five minutes south east of Russell. It is located at the base of a peninsula named Cape Brett by the recent navigator, Cook, and named a thousand years before this, Rakaumangamanga, by the ancient navigator,Kupe. Rakaumangamanga is the central peak of the peninsula. At the tip of the peninsula is the “Hole in the Rock”, Motukokako, an international drawcard and owned by local whanau.
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Te Rawhiti, is a rural community surrounded by undeveloped natural beauty and ancient and recent history. It has a low population density of some 300 people, the majority being Maori; most, until recently, unemployed and now engaging in short term work. Youth are numerous and increasing. Given its prime coastal position, its historical position, several beaches and fabled fishing, Te Rawhiti is popular with families returning home for holidays and when the local Patu Keha-owned Camping Ground is full, the population burgeons to over 800.
There are two major hapu at Te Rawhiti, Ngati Kuta and Patu Keha. Their whanau return to attend hui, at times, in great numbers. The Marae is almost always in use by whanau, schools and community groups. It is the heart of the community. There are many local ahu whenua, whanau and community Trusts. Te Rawhiti has innovative, useful and potentially lucrative projects growing which will develop in to long term employment. The present Bay of Islands tourism ventures provide employment.