Raetihi has been home to tangata whenua since time memorial. Today over 65% of local residents identify as Māori.
There are six marae in the Raetihi area associated with iwi and hapu.
Once upon a time the marae all came under the auspices of Uenuku and Tamakana. Over time intermarriage connected families across the iwi rohe.
- Mākaranui Marae
- Mangamingi Marae
- Marangai Marae
- Mō te Katoa Marae
- Raetihi Pāh
- Tuhi Ariki Marae