|Territorial authority||Central Hawke's Bay District|
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 settlement includes a marae and a school.
Six kilometres northeast of the township stands an insubstantial hill, with the longest place name in the world: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu.
The area west of the main township, known as Mangaorapa, was used for sheep farming during the 20th century. The area has more recently been used for cattle farming and wine growing. The 2370 hectare Mangaorapa Station was the most expensive farm in Central Hawke's Bay when it was sold in 2005.
The local Rongomaraeroa Marae and its meeting house, Te Poho o Kahungunu, are affiliated with the Ngāti Kahungunu hapū of Ngāti Hinetewai, Ngāti Kere, Ngāti Manuhiri, Ngāti Pihere and Tamatea Hinepare o Kahungunu.
Mangaorapa School merged with Porangahau School at the end of 2014.
- 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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- "About Mangaorapa Estate". mangaorapa.co.nz. Mangaorapa Estate.
- "HB farm may have sold for $27m". Hawke's Bay Today. New Zealand Herald.
- "Te Kāhui Māngai directory". tkm.govt.nz. Te Puni Kōkiri.
- "Māori Maps". maorimaps.com. Te Potiki National Trust.
- "Ministry of Education School Profile". educationcounts.govt.nz. Ministry of Education.
- "Directory of Schools - as at 3 April 2019". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
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- "Merger of Porangahau School (2646) and Mangaorapa School (2596)". gazette.govt.nz. Department of Internal Affairs. 18 December 2014.
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