Book launch at marae re-opening tribute to ancestor Te Huki
The re-opening of Raupunga marae, Te Huki, will be celebrated this weekend, 12 years after it was destroyed by fire.
Te Huki Marae chairwoman Theresa Thornton said “a few hundred people” were expected to attend the dawn karakia for a morning of celebrations.
The 2007 fire consumed Te Kotahitanga Hall (built in 1958 for £7000) and the two whare, Te Huki (opened in 1983) and Hineringa (built in the late 1800s).
The Te Huki Marae trustees have led a programme to fund and rebuild the hall and two meeting houses.
“We will be acknowledging those who have passed and were a part of this journey.” Ms Thornton said.
Hineringa was built at Te Arero Pa in Mohaka and was placed in storage in the 1930s when the roof began to disintegrate.
In 1993, it was rebuilt next to Te Huki.
A book about Te Huki, namesake and ancestor of the marae, will be launched during the celebrations.
He was a chief of Te Wairoa district and a direct descendant of Kahungunu.
“We’re activating the network, Te Kupenga a Te Huki that our tipuna Te Huki generated when he brokered relationships with iwi from Whangara to Porangahau through his own marriage and those of his children,” she said.
“After this weekend, though, we won’t be closing the proverbial doors on the marae and ticking it off as a job done — from here we will continue to nurture our network of relationships, and develop the Raupunga community.”
Formalities will begin with karakia at 4am on Saturday and conclude with kai hakari at 1pm. Raupunga Te Huki Marae is located just off State Highway 2 in Raupunga, 35km west of Wairoa.
Its principal hapu is Ngati Pahauwera of Ngati Kahungunu.