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Mitimiti is located in Northland Region
Coordinates: 35°25′30″S 173°16′15″E / 35.42500°S 173.27083°E / -35.42500; 173.27083
CountryNew Zealand
RegionNorthland Region
DistrictFar North District

Mitimiti is a small settlement in Northland, New Zealand. It lies close to the Warawara Forest, between the mouths of the Whangape Harbour and Hokianga Harbour on Northland's west coast, 44 km west of Kohukohu. Mitimiti is part of the Hokianga North statistical area. For demographics of this area, see Panguru.

The name "Mitimiti" is thought to come from a Māori term meaning "to lick", a reference to the belief that the souls of the dead, on their way to Cape Reinga, paused here to drink at the mouth of the Mitimiti Stream.[1]

Artist Ralph Hotere was born in Mitimiti in 1931, and was buried there in 2013.[2]


The local Matihetihe Marae and its Tū Moana meeting house are affiliated with the Te Rarawa hapū of Taomaui.[3][4]

In October 2020, the Government committed $1,407,731 from the Provincial Growth Fund to upgrade the marae and 8 other Te Rarawa marae, creating 100 jobs.[5]


  1. ^ Wise's New Zealand guide (1969) Dunedin: H. Wise & Co., p. 184.
  2. ^ Tahana, Y. "Hotere's body arrives at Mitimiti", New Zealand Herald, 1 March 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Te Kāhui Māngai directory". Te Puni Kōkiri.
  4. ^ "Māori Maps". Te Potiki National Trust.
  5. ^ "Marae Announcements" (Excel). Provincial Growth Fund. 9 October 2020.

Coordinates: 35°25′30″S 173°16′15″E / 35.42500°S 173.27083°E / -35.42500; 173.27083