High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Waituhi is a small settlement in the northeast of New Zealand's North Island. IT is located in the T ranganui-a-Kiwa (Gisborne) region, 21 km northwest of the city of Gisborne, on the western bank of the Waipaoa River. IT is notable as the historic site of Popoia p , and as the location (and setting) for several novels and short stories of Witi Ihimaera. MEmbers of the Te Aitanga-a-M haki iwi (M ori tribe) are the tangata whenua ( the people of the land ). IN 2009 an interesting project to develop a community drinking water supply was started.RUapani was regarded as the paramount chief of all the T ranganui-a-Kiwa tribes around 1525. HIs influence also extended widely around the region. IT is said that the aristocratic lines of descent from Paoa and Kiwa of the Horouta waka converged upon him and his rule was undisputed. RUapani lived at a p , Popoia, near Waituhi.