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Manunui c. 1908–1915, showing the Ellis and Burnand sawmill

Manunui (Māori manu nui or "big bird") is a small Whanganui River settlement, about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) east of Taumarunui on State Highway 4, in New Zealand's King Country. It was once known as Waimarino, but John Burnand of the Ellis and Burnand sawmilling firm renamed it Manunui around 1905.[1]

Manunui is the home of the Ngāti Hinemihi and Ngāti Manunui hapū of the iwi Ngāti Tūwharetoa;[2] their marae is called Maniaiti.[3]

Ellis and Burnand opened a sawmill in Manunui in 1901, specialising in milling kahikatea to make boxes of its odourless wood for the butter export industry.[4] After the North Island Main Trunk Railway reached the settlement in 1903, the mill grew to be the largest in the region. It closed in 1942.[1]

Manunui became a manufacturing and farming centre as the native forest around it was milled and cleared. At one point it was a town district (requiring a population of at least 500), but merged back with Taumarunui county in the late 1970s; today is functionally a suburb of Taumarunui.[5]


  1. ^ a b Pollock, Keryn (25 March 2015). "King Country places - Taumarunui". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Wai 1130 Te Kāhui Maunga: The National Park District Inquiry Report, Chapter 2: Ngā Iwi o te Kāhui Maunga". Waitangi Tribunal. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Maniaiti". "Māori Maps". Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Kaitieke, the Benjamin of Counties". Auckland Star. 7 May 1913. Retrieved 29 Nov 2015. 
  5. ^ Pollock, Keryn (13 July 2012). "King Country region - Government and politics". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 

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Coordinates: 38°53′22″S 175°20′06″E / 38.88943°S 175.33493°E / -38.88943; 175.33493