Venue Hire and Accomodation


A magical setting in the best location of Wellington...
Surrounded by native trees and bird song, yet a minute's drive away from beaches, Wellington 
International Airport, Wellington Zoo and Wellington City. The Marae is a favourite venue for 
conferences, workshops, rehearsals, family reunions, retreats and much more. 

Venue hire and accommodation...
We can accommodate up to one hundred (100) people at a time. We have kitchen and 
dinning room facilities and flexible, multi-purpose spaces. People sleep in "Marae-style" on mattresses 
on the floor of warm wharenui (large rooms). 

Feel comfortable and at home...
Tapu Te Ranga Marae is unlike any other place, you will be embraced by it's warmth, openness, peace 
and tranquillity. We call this "manaakitanga" - the spirit of acceptance and support. 

Catering to your needs...
Groups can self-cater or the Marae can cater for your event. 
We provide nutritious, fresh, exquisite and bountiful meals. And we can cater to any dietary requirement

What to Expect upon Arrival

Karanga: The "pōwhiri" is a traditional Maori welcoming ceremony. It begins with the Manuhiri (guests) who will arrive to the entrance of the Marae complex. They will then be called onto the Marae by a woman (kai-karanga), this is called "karanga." If the manuhiri have their own kai-karanga, she will reciprocate. 

Te Whare: Upon reaching the front door to the whare (meeting house), manuhiri will remove their shoes as a sign of respect and in keeping with tikanga Māori (protocol). As the people walk into the whare, they will be invited to take a seat. 

Whaikōrero: Whaikōrero (oratory dialogue) will be initiated by the hau kāinga (Marae people) who welcome the group. The speakers will alternate between the manuhiri and hau kāinga - this is the kawa (protocol) of "tau utuutu." The last speaker for the manuhiri will lay down a koha (donation or gift) as a sign of gratitude and friendship.

Hongi: Once the kōrero is concluded, the manuhiri will be beaconed to press noses with the hau kāinga as a gesture of peace and salutation. This is called the "hongi."

Kōrero: After the formalities, someone from the Marae will give a talk on the history, activities and aspirations of Tapu Te Ranga Marae. The pōwhiri process will close with refreshments.
Pare explains the pōwhiri, filmed by Liminal Pictures

A Snapshot of the Marae

Dinning Room and Kitchen

The kitchen and dinning room is a great multi-purpose space for entertaining.

Wharenui

We can accomodate people in wharenui (large rooms), known as "Pare Waaka" and "Kirihika."

Flexible Spaces

Most rooms are multi-purpose. We have tables, chairs, projectors and white boards available.

Unique Architecture

Salvaged and recycled windows, car cases and timber were used to create this architectual icon.

Green Space

There is plenty of green, expansive space for children and adults alike to run around and go exploring.

Quiet Corners

Relax among the native bush and bird song. Enjoy the quaint surroundings of our grounds.
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