Nau Mai, Haere Mai - Welcome

Pepeha

Ko Tawatawa te Maunga 
Ko ngā waka o ngā hau e whā Ngā Waka 
Ko te Manawa Karioi te Puna 
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 stood 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 was 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 was 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.

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