The Iwi of Whaingaroa are the Whānau, Marae, Hapū that reside within Te Rohe o Whaingaroa bound together by strong Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Kahu whakapapa.⠀
The land boundary commences at the river mouth of the Oruaiti River in the north, moving in a southerly direction encompassing the Puketi Forest, and then moving in a northeasterly direction in the Takou River area.⠀
The coastal boundary commences at the mouth of the Oruaiti River, follows the eastern side of the Mangonui Harbour, then directly out to sea moving in a southeasterly direction along the coast to Rupurapura (Needles) off Pureura and includes the Whaingaroa Harbour, its rivers estuaries and island within this role.⠀
The rohe is further described as those areas that the hapu of the marae within the above boundaries exercise manawhenua and manamoana.⠀
Te Rūnanga o Whaingaroa was established in 1991, to access resources and deliver services for the whanau of Whaingaroa.