Story: Wairarapa places

Roadside Stories: Pāpāwai, the Māori capital

In the late 19th century Pāpāwai marae, outside Greytown, was the focus of the Kotahitanga – the Māori parliament movement, which sought to unify Māori tribes. With 3,000 residents, Pāpāwai was known as ‘the Māori capital’.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Pāpāwai. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

Taonga puoro courtesy of Richard Nunns

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Ben Schrader, 'Wairarapa places - Pāpāwai marae', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, updated 11 Jun 2015