Native Affairs Summer Series - The forgotten village of Minginui

By Native Affairs
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Minginui was once a bustling forestry town in the Bay of Plenty. But today the village residents say they are living in unhealthy and damp houses which are making them sick and have been pleading for government assistance to fix them.  

Native Affairs spoke with Minginui locals in August about their wishes for the community – and its future.

Katerina Mason (79) says her house is falling away, and she wants the government to lend a hand.

“The government owes the Minginui residents.”

The houses were built in the 1940s to support the local forestry industry. But the township has been left derelict since the last sawmill closed in 1988.

“They should build new homes for us, for the people here,” Mason says.

The Minginui Village Community Health Profile report states, there are 84 homes in Minginui. Sixty-five are liveable but many of those are unhealthy and damp.

Mining Village council spokesperson Winiata Tamaki says, “We want any assistance we can get whether it’s through government, through iwi contribution or our trust. We will do what we need to.

Mason says all they want is a helping hand.

“We still want to live here, so do our children and our grandchildren. The bush is here, our lives are here. There is a lot here for our children and the residents here. The time will come when we will need to teach our traditions to the younger generation.”