|Ko Manaia te maunga||Manaia is the mountain|
|Ko Te Renga Paraoa to moana||Whangarei Harbour is the sea|
|Ko Takahiwai te whenua||Takahiwai is the land|
|Ko Rangiora te wharenui||Rangiora is the meeting house|
|Ko Te Pirihi te tangata||Pirihi is the ancestor|
|Ko Patuharakeke te iwi||Patuharakeke is the people|
Takahiwai has been a Maori settlement for as long as anyone can remember. An Archaeological survey carried out in 1981 recorded 20 pa in the hills from Takahiwai to Mata, compared with only 10 in the rest of Ruakaka. It would therefore be fairly safe to assume that there was a concentration of Maori people in the area during the Maori wars in the Nineteenth Century. This is borne out by the legends of the area.
Takahiwai is a settlement which hugs the Whangarei Harbour shore, west of One Tree Point and the Pukekauri Range. It is accessible only by one road from One Tree Point Road. The community now consists or a wide range of families, both maori and pakeha, although most maori families have been here for generations.
The children of Takahiwai attend the Ruakaka Primary School or the One Tree Point Primary School or Bream Bay College. Long ago there was a school in the district called the Takahiwai Maori Native School, but has been closed now for quite some time.