Story: Māori architecture - whare Māori

Eripitana meeting house, Te Whāiti

Eripitana meeting house, Te Whāiti

The beautiful meeting house Eripitana at Te Whāiti in the Urewera was built by followers of the prophet Te Kooti, and opened in 1884. In an important departure from earlier architectural traditions, the house's striking ornamentation is largely painted rather than carved. Eripitana is one of several such meeting houses built to celebrate Te Kooti's Ringatū faith. Others include Te Whai-a-te-Motu at Ruatāhuna, Rongopai at Waituhi, Te Aroha at Pūhā and Te Ngāwari at Mangatū. 

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Deidre Brown, 'Māori architecture - whare Māori - Rise of whare whakairo', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Deidre Brown, published 22 Oct 2014