Raetihi is a strong rural community, which has a long Maori and European history. Because of its isolation and the changes in New Zealand society Raetihi people continues to provide support and activity for it’s locals through a variety of groups and organizations.
Most community groups rely fully on volunters, subscriptions and any local, regional or national grants.
Whanau, Hapu, and Iwi groups, A & P show, rodeo, dog trialling, squash, rugby, swimming, bowls, shearing bodies, guides and scouts are some of the traditional groups, which continue to provide much of the activities and support. Most of these groups have common committee members.
Some groups, which had gone into recess have been reinstated such as the Phoenix players (local theatre group) and others have been developed, the Waimarino Arts awards for example.
This is a community proud of its history, the support it gives to each other and its ability to be resourceful. It exists because of the people who live here, the connections to each other and its Whanau family connections over generations. This applies to both Maori and Pakeha families.