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 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.
They both became fixed with the mother whale gazing northward out to the sea and the baby whale nestled beside her. 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.
There is a spring at the base of ‘Mangatawa’. Sometimes the water flowing from it is quite white, and it is said to be the milk of the mother whale or ‘Te Waiu o te tohora’. Mangatawa rests there as a guardian of the people of Tauranga Moana and Te Arawa.
The AGM was held on 17 September 2016 and saw Kevin Haua re-elected onto the Committee of Management. Your current Committee of Management are Kevin Haua (chair), Neil Te Kani (deputy), Wakata Kingi, Victoria Kingi and Paula Werohia.more »
The 2017 Education Grant applications closed on 17 February 2017. Thank you to all those who submitted applications. We received a total of 35 applications. The applicants can expect to hear the outcome of their application in writing within the next few weeks.more »
The 2016/2017 dividends and kaumatua grants (distributed to those aged 65yrs+ upon application) have been paid to those shareholders with known addresses and current bank account details and have dividends owing to them over over $10.00. If you live overseas and we have your postal address, payment will be disbursed to in the new year. If you have any queries, please contact the office.more »