Parikino pā, on the Whanganui River, after a sketch by Rev. Richard Taylor

Parikino is a settlement 24 kilometres (15 mi) upriver from Whanganui, New Zealand; the original site was across the Whanganui River.[1]

Parikino was originally a fortified settlement established in 1845 as security against a possible raid by a Ngāti Tūwharetoa taua (war party). The population of about 200 then gradually moved to the unfortified agricultural land across the river.[2] Parikino is home to the Ngāti Hinearo and Ngāti Tuera hapū of the iwi Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi.[1] The Ngāti Hinearo wharenui is called Te Aroha, and the Ngāti Tuera is Wharewhiti.[3] The meeting house Maranganui Tuarua, 3 km south of Parikino at Pungarehu,[4] was built for Ngāti Tuera by the carver Hōri Pukehika.[1]

Parikino Sports Day, consisting mainly of horseback competitions and family activities, has run every year since 1928; farm chores are traditionally put on hold for the day.[5]

One of New Zealand's most important contemporary photographers Ans Westra took a series of black-and-white photographs of children and teachers at the Parikino Maori School in 1963.[6]

There are three marae in the Parikino area. Parikino Marae and Ko Wharewhiti or Te Aroha meeting house are a meeting place for Ngāti Hinearo and Ngāti Tumango. Ātene or Kakata Marae and Te Rangi-i-heke-iho meeting house are affiliated with Ngāti Hineoneone. Pungarehu Marae and Maranganui Tuarua meeting house are affiliated with Ngāti Tuera.[7][8]


Aberfeldy School is a co-educational state primary school for Year 1 to 8 students,[9] with a roll of 27 as of March 2019.[10]


  1. ^ a b c Beaglehole, Diana (20 March 2014). "Whanganui places: River Settlements". Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  2. ^ Walton, A. (1994). "Settlement Patterns in the Whanganui River Valley, 1839–1864" (PDF). New Zealand Journal of Archaeology. 16: 123–168.
  3. ^ "Parikino Pā". Māori Maps. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Pungarehu". Māori Maps. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  5. ^ Hyndman, Ian (27 February 2013). "Parikino prepares to party". Wanganui Chronicle. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  6. ^ Peers, Robyn (3 October 2007). "Ans Westra: Images and Emotion". Christchurch Press. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Te Kāhui Māngai directory". Te Puni Kōkiri.
  8. ^ "Māori Maps". Te Potiki National Trust.
  9. ^ "Ministry of Education School Profile". Ministry of Education.
  10. ^ "Education Review Office Report". Education Review Office.

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Coordinates: 39°48′S 175°09′E / 39.800°S 175.150°E / -39.800; 175.150