Story: West Coast region

Opening of Te Tauraka Waka a Māui marae

Opening of Te Tauraka Waka a Māui marae

On 23 January 2005 a new marae was opened at Bruce Bay in South Westland. Richard Wallace, ūpoko-tuarua (deputy head) of Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio, is speaking to the large crowd who attended the ceremony.

The opening was deeply significant to all Māori on the West Coast, as there had not been a marae in the region for 140 years.

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Simon Nathan, 'West Coast region - Into the 21st century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Simon Nathan, updated 1 Sep 2016