Story: Hawke’s Bay region

Rongomaiwahine, about 1910 (1st of 2)

Rongomaiwahine, about 1910

Waipapa a Iwi marae in Mōhaka is distinguished by its historic round meeting house, Rongomaiwahine. The origins of this meeting house are unclear – one source says it was built in 1885, another claims it replicates the round house built by Māori religious leader Rua Kēnana at Maungapōhatu (which he settled in 1907). A third – J. H. Mitchell’s authoritative text Takitimu (1944) – contains a photo of the building taken in 1902, before the Maungapōhatu structure was built.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay region - Arts, culture and built heritage', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 1 Jul 2015