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 gorge in the process. It then followed a path to the sea.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Manawatū and Horowhenua region - Culture and heritage to 1940', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Apr 2015