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History

After the war, large areas of forest were felled for wood and then burned off to create farms for returning soldiers and their families. However in some cases only the biggest trees were taken and the remnant bush left. In this way approximately 4000 hectares of native forest around Manawahe were retained. About half of this is found on private land in the corridor.
The bush type in the corridor is predominantly Rimu- Rata/ Tawa-Kamahi with Rewarewa thriving in situations where the other dominant canopy trees are struggling. The understory of the well protected areas resembles fairytale books with nikau, ferns, mossy glades and huge dead tree trunks smothered in life. There is a large Rata tree that would require 4-5 people linking hands to encircle its diameter. In the lower reaches of the corridor some areas of dunes and wetland remain along with a pohutukawa-hard beech forest type in the Matata scenic reserve.

The folk who choose to call Manawahe home are a sociable mix from 2nd and 3rd generation Manawahetians to immigrants from all over the world.  Most are farming and lifestyle families who choose to live at Manawahe and commute to work as far as Whakatane,  Rotorua and Tauranga.
There is a community hall which is frequently used by the people of Manawahe and the different organisations in the district, particularly the Manawahe District. The Manawahe Primary school has been a huge focus point for the community in the past, but unfortunately was closed in 2010. The Manawahe Community has obtained the use of the school in an effort to keep it as a community hub and a door to utilising the biodiversity treasure that is the Manawahe Corridor.