"E nga iwi, e nga reo, e nga hau e wha, haere mai, kake mai, piki mai. He karanga tenei na Mangatowai, kia hui hui mai tatou katoa i; raro i. te whakaaro kotahi, hei painga mo te iwi whanui. Te tumanako kia tupu te kaakano kua ruia nei, kia tu he rakau teitei, kia takoto nga paiaka i roto i te tupuna whenua, aa kia tauwhare nga manga hei taumaru mo nga tini mokopuna o nga tau maha kei mua. Te moemoea a Mangatowai, kia awhi tetahi ki tetahi, aha koa ko wai. E penei ana te paatai, E aha te mea pai, maaku e whaka hoki atu, kia koutou he Tangata, he Tangata, he Tangata."

Mangatowai presents an exciting and challenging array of opportunities for the future! The project centres on establishing an innovative, energy-creating, multi-purpose marae that fosters cultural interaction and new sustainable enterprises. 

These initiatives will benefit not only the tangata whenua of Mangatowai but also the Whangaroa district and the whole of Aotearoa. Our hope is that the seed planted during the Mangatowai Project launch on Saturday, 29 October 2005 will grow into a tree . . . a tree whose roots are deeply embedded in the rich soil of our ancestors and whose branches will spread wide to shelter the generations to come.

Our dream is that this growth and shelter will nourish not just the tangata whenua but all cultures who have made Aotearoa New Zealand their home and, with their skills and labour, have helped our nation achieve its proud place in the world.

We welcome you to explore our site and share our dreams as we work to ensure a lasting and worthy living memorial to our ancestors and to those who have worked to develop this concept and bring it to fruition.

You can check the Index on the left to find areas of special interest to you - each topic leading you to an outline or description of the various facets of the project. Please enjoy your visit and if you would like to get more information or share your thoughts with us please feel free to contact the webmaster by email at:

webmaster@mangatowai.maori.nz and your message will be forwarded to the appropriate person.



We are delighted to recognise and acknowledge the support given by Creative NZ to this development and are happy to count them among the Friends of Mangatowai. Click on their logo to visit their web site.


    Our sincere thanks to Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand for taking a      toanga from our area of Northland on the world tour of the Whale Tohura Exhibition that opened at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, USA, on 15 October 2008.

Click on their logo to visit Te Papa and share the other treasures that are housed there.  It is worth a trip - but you will need more than one to take it all in!


Additionally on our web site:

History of the Poupou for Mangatowai

The Place of Whales in Maori History

To access an alphabetical listing of the site content click here.

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