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The Cabbage Tree, Tinui School's logo.

Tinui is a small village approximately 40 kilometres from Masterton, in the Wairarapa, New Zealand. The name comes from the Māori words ti, cabbage tree, and nui, many.[1] The village consists of only two streets, Charles Street and Blackhill Road, but it serves as the centre of the area, with:

  • Tinui War Memorial Hall
  • Tinui Primary School
  • Craft Shop[2]
  • Tinui General Store
  • Tinui Hotel
  • Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd[3]
  • Volunteer Rural fire station[4]


Tinui Primary School is a small country school serving the Mangapakeha, Tinui, Annedale, Tinui Valley, Whakataki, Castlepoint and Mataikona areas. It is a decile 6 state school and has approximately 55 pupils.[5]


Tinui was the first place in New Zealand to have an ANZAC Day cross: the vicar led an expedition to place a large metal cross on the Tinui Taipos, a 360 m (1200 ft) high large promontory behind the village, on 25 April 1916 to commemorate the dead, when a service was held.[6] In 2006 the 90th Anniversary was celebrated with a 21-gun salute fired by soldiers from Waiouru Army Camp. In 2009 the Air Force began promoting Tinui as an alternative to travelling to Gallipoli. Veterans' Affairs Minister Judith Collins said of the promotion; "I would be delighted to see Tinui become a place where people come to pay their respects and remember those who have fallen."[7]

On the river flats next to the confluence of the Whareama River and the Tinui Stream, Tinui has been flooded often; the first flood was recorded in 1858 when water covered the river flats. In 1936, floods caused thousands of sheep to drown and floodwaters reached a depth of 450mm inside the Tinui Hotel. The 1991 floods devastated the village when 200mm of rain fell over a 24-hour period, and the river flooded again in July 1992.[8]


  1. ^ Reed, A.W. (2002) The Reed dictionary of New Zealand place names. Auckland: Reed Books. ISBN 0-790-00761-4.
  2. ^ wizbiz.co.nz profile
  3. ^ Anglican Diocese of Wellington profile
  4. ^ 111emergency.co.nz
  5. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi school profile.
  6. ^ Tinui war memorial, New Zealand History online - Nga korero aipurangi o Aotearoa, History Group, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Wellington, New Zealand. Updated 20 April 2007. Accessed 19 April 2009.
  7. ^ Katterns, Tanya (18 April 2009). "Tiny Tinui proposed as our 'new Gallipoli'". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Casey, C. (1996) After the rains came : The Tinui Flood of April 1991. Masterton District Library. ISBN 0-473-03793-9

Coordinates: 40°53′S 176°04′E / 40.883°S 176.067°E / -40.883; 176.067