Ko Ūkaipo nō Mahinārangi me Pare Waaka ngā Whare Tīpuna
Ko Hirini te Tangata
Ko Tapu Te Ranga te Marae
Tawatawa is the mountain
The people of the four winds are the waka
Manawa Karioi is the spring
Ūkaipo of Mahinārangi and Pare Waaka are the ancestoral houses
Hirini is the Rangatira
Tapu Te Ranga is the Marae
Ahi Kā - a Place of Gathering
Cut into a hillside, Tapu Te Ranga Marae stands proudly. A living, urban Marae founded by Bruce Stewart and his whānau (family). The Tapu Te Ranga Trust has overseen the charitable programmes and kaupapa at the Marae since the 1970's. This Wellington tāonga (treasure) is open and shared with people from ngā hau e whā (people from the four winds). The Marae is a place of gathering, learning and community. She is a strong social, artistic, cultural and environmental statement of living Māori in today's world.
Wellington, Te Whanganui-a-Tara is the rohe (area) of Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Toa Rangatira. The Marae is named after Island Bay’s coastal Island 'Tapu Te Ranga' (sacred rising). Elsdon Best wrote that it is an ancient Hawaiki tapu house name. Ngāti Ira used the island as a pā (fortified village) and it is believed that Kupe was on the island when he was confronted with a giant octopus.
The heritage-listed building is the world’s largest, tallest, greenest and fully wooden house on wooden piles built of recycled materials. The building consists of 11 stories, covering 38,000 square feet and reaching 131 feet high. Manuhiri (visitors) from right across the world have been embraced by the openness and warmth of the Marae – a living marae that keeps it's ahi kā (home fires) burning as a beacon of continuity.