Porangahau, a township close to the Pacific Ocean coast in the south-east of the North Island of New Zealand, has a very small population. It lies in the southernmost part of Hawke's Bay, 45 kilometres south of Waipukurau, and close to the mouth of the Porangahau River. There is a marae at Porangahau.
Six kilometres northeast of the township stands an insubstantial hill noted for its substantial name: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu.
- Reed, Alexander Wyclif (2002) . Peter Dowling, ed. The Reed dictionary of New Zealand place names. Max Cryer (2002 ed.). Auckland: Reed. p. 402. ISBN 0-7900-0761-4.
The inhabitants of Heretaunga once had to make a hurried retreat from their enemies at this place.
- Reed New Zealand atlas (2004). Auckland: Reed Publishing. Map 50.
- "Porangahau - Home to the longest place name in the world"
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