Tu Teao Marae, Te TekoPre-European

The people of Nga Maihi descend from the ancestors Tiwakawaka, Toi, Mahutapoanui, Toroa among many others, but take the name Nga Maihi from the whare belonging to the ancestor Ruamano.
Descendents of Mahutapoanui, who is enrooted in the history of Heretaunga and Waikaremoana, moved to the region surrounding Mt Putauaki, most importantly Tawhero, Tawhitikaeaea at Putauaki and Puketapu in Te Teko. Nga Maihi were also known then as Ngati Mahu and Te Marangaranga.
1865Penetito Hawea
In 1865, Rev Carl Volkner and James Te Mautaranui Fullon, of Ngati Awa and Tuhoe, were killed allegedly by people of Whakatohea and Ngati Awa, which included Mokomoko and Penetito Hawea of Nga Maihi. This led to the invasion of Ngati Awa and the siege of Te Teko, by Gilber Mair (who was affectionately known by Te Arawa as Te Tawa) and his force of Te Arawa and Tuwharetoa troops. The siege was successful only through sap, as Te Kupenga Pa was recorded as being near inpenetrable. Here many Nga Maihi chifes, including a very young Penetito Hawea, were detained and transferred to Mt Eden Prison for trial. Following the defeat, Mair and his troops rampaged through the Whakatane Valley.
The proclamation confiscating the Bay of Plenty District was made by Order in Council on 17 January 1866. In February 1866, John A Wilson was appointed as Special Commissioner for the Bay of Plenty district. Through arrangements outside of court, lands were divided amongst affected hapu by pacifist chiefs through arrangements with Wilson. Here land was returned to Nga Maihi, but much was lost.
In March 1866, 36 of the captured chiefs and warriors were charged in the Auckland Supreme Court with various offences relating to the killing of Volkner and Fullon. The court interpreter was Gilbert Mayor himself. ‘The trials found 28 men guilty, and all were sentenced to death’. Many of this group were hung and buried at Mt Eden Prison and have only just been returned to their peoples in 2003. However, the then young Penetito Hawea was released due to a petition by Auckland Pakeha who believed him too young.
In 1867, Wi Duncan wrote to Prince Alfred on behalf of Nga Maihi; including Mohi Penetito, Raerino Patupo, Te Wharangi Tumutara Eru Tumutara, Hiri Reweti, and Titirahi Apihai – regarding the unfair confiscation and distribution of returned lands. Three other petitions were led by Nga Maihi in later years. These grievances of Ngä Maihi ancestors remain unsettled.
Tu Teao ancestral house was opened in July
Te Whakaruru mai o te Rangi opened.
May – Te Runanga o Ngati Awa on behalf of the 13 registered hapu, including Nga Maihi, negotiated the Ngati Awa Settlement Act 2003. The settlement saw the return of lands, cash and assests.

October – Whakarurumai o te Rangi new dining hall was opened.