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Tamatea-pōkai-whenua marae (3rd of 3)

Tamatea-pōkai-whenua marae

Tamatea-pōkai-whenua is the renovated meeting house of the Ngātimarawhao people. Located on Hūria marae near Tauranga, it is named after an ancestor descended from those who arrived on the Takitimu canoe, which landed near Tauranga. The former meeting house was dismantled to make way for a new building, and the remains were buried on Mōtūopae, an urupā (place of burial) beside Tauranga Harbour. In this scene, the new meeting house is under construction.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Bay of Plenty region - Creative arts and heritage', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5658/tamatea-pokai-whenua-marae (accessed 16 May 2021)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Aug 2016