November 17, 2018
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Ngātokowaru Marae – Hokio, Levin


Tēnā koutou katoa Ngāti Pareraukawa.

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The 40th Anniversary of the Opening of the Whare Tupuna

During the weekend of the 17th and 18th March 2018 over 150 hapū members travelled to Hōkio to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this auspicious occasion. It was a warm weekend in every way! Aunts, Margaret Davis and Kura Newey cut the cake at the hakari, after a morning of reflections in the Whare Tupuna. Catherine (Newey) Simpson recalled being the first puhi through the door in the early morning in March 1978; Jane (Selby) Andrew recalled being at the Rangitikei River in 1974 when the totara logs were pulled out by the army bulldozers with Uncle Hapai Winiata and others on the bank of the river; Fiona (Winiata) Da Vanzo recalled the many weekends when her Dad, Martin and Mum Kiri bundled them all into the car for another weekend of working bees at Ngātokowaru. Whiwhi Winiata shared memories of weekends at the marae in 1977 and 1978 as the building took shape after the old 1900 house was burnt down.

Waihaki and Rawiri and their team put down a massive hangi which was enjoyed by all in the sunny dining room.

New tee-shirts were popular. The kids had a great time. This is the beginning of an eventful year at the marae.


Ngātokowaru Marae is the home of Ngāti Pareraukawa. It is nestled on the south bank of the Hōkio Stream, about a kilometre west of Lake Horowhenua towards Te Moana-o-Raukawa. The whare tupuna, Ngātokowaru, was completed early in 1978 and opened by Ngāti Toarangatira in March 1978. The dining room, Pareunuora, has undergone several rebuilding stages since 1981. The new kitchen was completed in 2012.

A new ablution block was completed in 2005. The original homestead section is south of the marae atea, and has the homestead, Te Patai, sited on it. The building was moved there from Levin, to house the Kohanga Reo, named Kahuitara, during the late 1980s and early 1990s. A double garage on the marae is used as a rangatahi room for our Te Huarahi o te Ora programme.

A recent study about Māori and marae found that Māori people would like to visit the marae more often but time, distance and cost were impediments. We will organise some activities so that you can at least plan to visit us more often. We have various hui scheduled over the next 12 months.


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