The area's full Māori name, Te Whāiti-nui-a-Toi, translates as "the great canyon of Toi".
- Waikotikoti Marae and Hinenuitepo meeting house is affiliated with the Tūhoe hapū of Te Karaha, Ngāti Hāmua, Warahoe, and with Ngāti Whare.
- Murumurunga Marae and Wharepakau meeting house is affiliated with both iwi.
- Waireporepo Marae is a meeting ground of Ngāti Whare; it has no meeting house.
A school opened in Te Whaiti in 1896. and merged with Minginui Forest School in 2004.
The school is now Te Kura Toitu o Te Whaiti-nu-a-Toi, a co-educational state, Restricted Composite Special Character School. The name was taken from the ancestor of this area Toikarakau / Toitehuatahi.
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