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Marae History
Arohanui Ki Te Tangata

te Runanganui o Taranaki Whanui ki te Upoko o te Ika a Maui Inc.



WHEN the first Europeans settled on the shores of Wellington Harbour they were a small, isolated group in a Maori world. They needed Maori help desperately. They got it in generous measure. E.J. Wakefield paints the picture in his Adventure in New Zealand. “The foreshore sand hills were dotted with tents and native huts in all stages of construction while". . . the natives equally pleased and excited sung Maori songs to them from the top of the whare . . . where they sat tying rafters and thatch together with flaxen bands. . .'. Each English family. . . "had got a native or two particularly attached to them. They supplied their guests with potatoes and firewood, and with an occasional pig; shared in the toils and meals of the family, delighted at the novelty of every article unpacked. . . devoted themselves each to his own pakeha, with the greatest good breeding, patience and kind attention. . ."

The people of the resident tribe, Te Ati Awa, welcomed, protected and helped provide for the new settlers.

This was a scene of peace and great goodwill.

The history, Lower Hutt, Past and Present, records that "small patches for gardens were cleared in many places, the genial climate encouraging vigor­ous growth. Ruddy, flaxen-haired chil­dren were playing about, and the whole scene presented the appearance of a village picnic rather than the birth of a nation."

How appropriate therefore that here should be built a symbol to our racial union-of Goodwill to All Men, here at the capital where Maori and pakeha meet to frame the law of the land, where Maori welcomed and protected pakeha.

And how appropriate in turn that pakeha should help Maori to build it.

For when it came to building the meeting-house the wheel had turned full circle. The Maori people were now the small minority. They needed help. They got it in generous measure.

In this way the meeting-house has already brought the people closer to­gether.

The spirit of Peace on Earth, Good­will to All Men has prevailed.

The God-fearing leader, Ihaia Puketapu had wished it that way.

He wanted Arohanui ki te Tangata to bring the people back to God. His teachings and the things that are His.


Ngaroahiahi Waiwai









a skilled craftswoman of Waikaremoana, surrounded by her handiwork. Together, with Tawai Mahia and Ruhia Tawhara of Ruatahuna, Urewera country, she made many flax and kie kie floor mats for the meeting-house.



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