Ngāti Paretekanawa (Paretekanawa) are a very numerous hapū (sub-tribe, or clan) of the Ngāti Maniapoto confederation in New Zealand, whose ancestral tribal lands are located in both the northern King Country, including the areas around the Kakepuku, Pirongia, in the vicinity of Te Awamutu, Kihikihi, Pokuru, Kakepuku, and Kawhia, with sub-hapu interests in the southern King Country area of the Mokau and Kawhia, at the foothills of Kahuwera Mountain.
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Ngati Paretekanawa was named after eponymous ancestress Paretekanawa , the daughter of Ngati Maniapoto chief TeKanawa, and Ngati Apakura woman called Whaeapare.
Paretekanawa traditions recount that the Ngati Paretekanawa hapu origins became recognised in the period of Peehi Tukorehu and his Tuakana (elder brothers) Te Uaki, Te Akanui, and Te Rangihiroa and tuahine (sister) Whaeapare II. while others who descend from Tukorehu dispute this assertion, allegedly based on evidence by Te Winitana Tupotahi. Peehi Tukorehu was grand father of Te Winitana Tupotahi, and grand uncle of Manga Rewi Maniapoto,
According to Māori Land Court evidence given by Te Winitana Tupotahi and Te Kohika Te Huia, as a result of a disagreement between Te Akanui and one of his teina (younger sibling) Peehi Tukorehu. That section of Ngati Paretekanawa under the leadership of their chief Peehi Tukorehu, his elder brother Te Rangihiroa, and sister Wheapare II, and their whanau and Ngati Paretekanawa hapu left district for Kawhia and eventually settled in the Marakopa region. Leaving Te Akanui, including Rewi Manga Maniapoto and others of Paretekawa and Kaputuhi in occupation of their ancestral tribal lands in the Otawhao, Moeawha and Turata..
The eventual invasion of those lands by British forces in 1864 saw the final loss of the bulk of those ancestral tribal lands to Crown confiscation by the Crowns Government in New Zealand-Aotearoa. A branches of Ngati Paretekanawa also migrated to Taumaranui, Kawhia, and Morakopa during the Land Wars, but may go under other names such as Ngati Apakura, Ngati Peehi, Ngati Te Kanawa, Ngati Hikairo, or Ngati Tahuata.