Ngāti Ranginui, one of the three Tauranga tribes, is named after Ranginui, the great grandson of Tamatea-arikinui, captain of the Tākitimu canoe. Tamatea gave the name of Mt Maunganui to this mountain, originally named Mauao, at the entrance to Tauranga Harbour. Maunganui was the name of a similar mountain in Hawaiki.
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