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.