Te Kawenata: On the 25th December 1903, a great hui was held at the Māhoenui residence of Te Rangituataka Tākerei (a sibling of direct ancestor to Dr Rongo Wetere) to discuss a way forward for Ngāti Maniapoto.
The hui was attended by Ngāti Maniapoto kaumātua, rangatira, and taitamariki, at a time when all the paramount leaders of Ngāti Maniapoto had passed. Ngāti Maniapoto had become divided. Some of the iwi gravitated to the laws of the government, some followed the Kīngitanga and others gravitated to the prophets of Parihaka, Taranaki.
One week after the hui was held, on the 1st January 1904, Te Kawenata o Ngāti Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha was constituted and signed by all who attended the hui. The Kawenata laid dormant until it was reintroduced in recent years as a basis for the Ngāti Maniapoto Treaty Settlement and the proposed Post Settlement Governance Entity.