. Manaia .

The Manaia and surrounding community has a South Taranaki District Council LibraryPlus, which provides a full library service and Council related services. These services include being able to register your dog, pay your rates or inquire about obtaining a building permit. Other services include a Tot Time for the under 5s, a regular crossword morning and book clubs catering to both children and adults. The LibraryPlus also has numerous APN computers, offering free internet and Skype to the public.

 Yarrows Family Bakers employs around 250 people, and has been the main business in Manaia since 1923. The company manufactures fresh and frozen breads and bakery products. Its clients include Foodstuffs, Subway, and Pams

 In 2007, a 14 year old Jack Russell terrier called George died protecting 5 local children from an attack by two pit bull terriers. He was given a posthumous PDSA Gold Medal, the animal equivalent of the George Cross, at a special ceremony in Manaia in February 2009. The town has also erected a statue in his honour


Only a small town, Manaia has its history still visible with the Manaia Redoubt still present.

Built around 1880 on the site of a former pa (Te Takahe) during peacetime, this redoubt and wooden watchtower was created for the passive resistance of the Parihaka chief, Te Whiti o Rongomai, and his followers. The wooden watchtower (35 feet high) was blown down in a storm and replaced in 1912 by a concrete one still standing today amidst the 18-hole golf course surrounded by two original blockhouses. Also, trenches surround the tower and blockhouses. It could house 160 men and all the timber used for the construction was pit sawn locally by the constables.

The golf course is one of the oldest in Taranaki, created around 1905.


Manaia  is a rural town in South Taranaki District. Opunake is 29 km to the northwest, and Hawera is 13 km to the southeast. Kaponga is 15 km north. State Highway 45 passes through the town.




Population: 1551 in 2018 census, 927 in the 2006 Census.


Average temperature 13°C
Average rainfall 1127mm

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Manaia School



Manaia School is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 4 and a roll of 69. The school was founded in 1882. In 2005, Tokaora School closed and merged with Manaia School.

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Yarrows The Baker


Yarrows Family Bakers, one of the last and largest remaining independently owned bakeries in New Zealand, was founded in the small South Taranaki township of Manaia in 1923.

Proudly owned and operated by the third generation of Yarrows, the state of the art Manaia bakery operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, supplying an extensive range of breads, speciality breads, rolls, croissants, gourmet cookies and other quality bakery products to leading supermarkets, retailers and food companies throughout New Zealand and around the globe.

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