Story: Māori architecture - whare Māori

Rongomaitāpui dining hall, Te Araroa

Rongomaitāpui dining hall, Te Araroa

Rongomaitāpui, opened in 1938, is the magnificent dining hall at Hinerupe marae, at Te Araroa on the East Coast. Its interior decoration includes many tukutuku panels and other traditional craftworks produced by women workers. According to Māori custom, these women would not have been able to work on a carved meeting house but were vital to the completion of less tapu buildings such as Rongomaitāpui.

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Deidre Brown, 'Māori architecture - whare Māori - Revival of the whare whakairo', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/45747/rongomaitapui-dining-hall-te-araroa (accessed 18 June 2019)

Story by Deidre Brown, published 22 Oct 2014