Story: Rātana Church – Te Haahi Rātana

Whare Māori

Whare Māori

This is the interior of the Whare Māori at Rātana Pā. It was donated by Kingi Topia of Ngāti Tūwharetoa in 1929. Its original name was Te Ika Nui a Māui (Māui's great fish). It became known as Te Whare Herehere i ngā Taipo me ngā Atua Māori (the prison for devils and Māori gods), and as the Whare Taipo (devil house). The building was used to store Māori taonga (artefacts) that were believed to have a negative spiritual influence, and also wheelchairs and crutches that were no longer required by the faithful after being healed by T. W. Rātana. In 2005 an inventory of items included 40 taiaha, 50 pairs of spectacles, 74 crutches and 181 tokotoko (ornate walking sticks).

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Keith Newman, 'Rātana Church – Te Haahi Rātana - Founding the Rātana Church', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Keith Newman, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018