Story: Manawatū and Horowhenua region

The story of the Manawatū River

The story of the Manawatū River

According to Māori tradition, a great tōtara tree on the slopes of Puketoi mountain range was possessed of a spirit, Ōkatia. The tree drove through the mountain barrier of Ruahine and Tararua, creating a river gorge in the process. It then followed a path to the sea.

Using this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Photograph by Jock Phillips

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Malcolm McKinnon, 'Manawatū and Horowhenua region - Culture and heritage to 1940', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/9512/the-story-of-the-manawatu-river (accessed 24 April 2019)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 22 Apr 2015