Story: Tauranga Moana

The naming of Mt Maunganui

The naming of Mt Maunganui

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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Te Awanuiārangi Black, 'Tauranga Moana - Traditional lands and canoes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 October 2023)

Story by Te Awanuiārangi Black, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017