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Rural service centre 16 km east of Waitara. The Ngāti Mutunga people are centred on Urenui. A few kilometres north-east is Ōkoki pā historic reserve, where the ashes of Te Rangi Hīroa (Sir Peter Buck) are interred under a stylised canoe-prow memorial. The township began as a Taranaki military settlers settlement around the Urenui redoubt in 1865.

Meaning of place name
Named after Urenui River. Ure: courage (a figurative expression for courage); nui: great. The name was given by Manaia to honour his son Tuurenui; but the name may also be translated as Large penis.

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