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History, culture and heritage

Onekawa Te Mawhai and the surrounding area has been the site of many battles significant to the history of local tangata whenua.

Māori occupation

Onekawa Te Mawhai has strong associations with Upokorehe and has a long and rich Māori history. The pa are physical markers in the landscape that provide a tangible link with the past. Important individuals – such as Repanga, Kahuki and Tuamutu are known to have lived at the pa – and significant events took place at Onekawa and Te Mawhai Pa.

Onekawa Pa

Collectively the heritage places at Onekawa Te Mawhai form a group with interrelated heritage values representing significant themes in the history of human occupation of the Ōhiwa Harbour.

Onekawa Te Mawhai Regional Park today

The Park is a working farm and a popular site for people to enjoy walking and coastal views. It is managed by Bay of Plenty Regional Council in partnership with Upokorehe hapu.


 An archaeological survey was recently completed on the park.  It contains an archaeology map and features found within the park. Link to Report