Te Tauraka Waka a Māui
History & development
Ka Tangi te Kōkō
Te Tauraka Waka a Māui marae
The marae is nestled in native bush adjacent to State Highway 6, looking out across the bay to our rereka wairua, Heretaniwha, and in close proximity to our urupā, the old Makaawhio Pā and the Bruce Bay Community Hall, which often served as our marae over recent generations. The summit of our sacred mauka, Aoraki, is only 40 km distant.
The name Te Tauraka Waka a Māui recalls the landfall made by the great Polynesian explorer Māui at Mahitahi after slaying the taniwha Makotipua and Makohorapekapeka. He susbsequently sailed around the South Island, before his great exploit of fishing up the North Island.
The whare tipuna (meeting house), Kaipō, and the wharekai (dining hall), Pōkē, embody two eponymous Kāti Māmoe ancestors of all members of Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio, and indeed all Poutini Ngāi Tahu.
The marae is kept alive with a regular schedule of hui and wānanga, and in between times we host numerous groups; from schools to government departments.
Last modified: 25 May 2011