Ratana pa is a town between Marton and Whanganui, which developed around the Ratana church there. It is a site of pilgrimage for the Maori followers of the Ratana faith. The Ratana movement is a religion and pan-iwi political movement founded by Tahu patiki Wiremu Ratana in early 20th-century New Zealand. Te Haahi Ratana has its headquarters at the settlement of Ratana pa near Turakina www.theratanachurch.org.nz. Due to the importance of the Ratana movement in New Zealand politics, leading New Zealand politicians often attend annual gatherings at Ratana pa.