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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