Ohakune Community

When the Tangata Whenua, the people of the land, arrived at a clearing in the vast southern Ruapehu Forest they named it Ohakune, ‘the opening to a new world’. They saw the promise in the land that was watched over by Ruapehu, the Guardian of the North Island. Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai ki te kainga e kiia ana, he Ohakune ki te ao. The origin of the name Ohakune comes from the following tauparapara (chant): Pokipokia te po, popoia te po. Po, po, ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea. Ka whano ake au ka haere ki Nga Turi o Murimotu kia pai ai taku hiki atu ki maunga Ruapehu. Marama te titiro te tu o aku wae, te puke ko Rongokaupo ka pihi ake i roto ka puoho whakawaho e oha, ka oha he Ohakune ki te ao. Awaiting the new light I am prepared for my journey to Nga Turi o Murimotu and am not hindered on my way to Mount Ruapehu. From where I stand, my view is clear as I cast my eyes down to the hill Rongokaupo. I have seen and witnessed the opening to a new world – he Ohakune ki te ao.

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Local Council
Ohakune is part of the Ruapehu District Council region. The main council building is located at 59-63 Huia Street, Taumarunui.
Post: Private Bag 1001, Taumarunui 3946
Phone: 07 895 8188 (24 hours)
Email: info@ruapehudc.govt.nz

The Ohakune office can be found on Ayr Street and is open 08:00-17:00 Monday to Friday.
Phone: 06 385 8364 (24 hours)
Email: info@ruapehudc.govt.nz