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. Parikino is home to the Ngāti Hinearo and Ngāti Tuera hapū of the iwi Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi. The Ngāti Hinearo wharenui is called Te Aroha, and the Ngāti Tuera is Wharewhiti. The meeting house Maranganui Tuarua, 3 km south of Parikino at Pungarehu, was built for Ngāti Tuera by the carver Hōri Pukehika.
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.
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.
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