Ngātokowaru Marae – Hokio, Levin
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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. In 2018 it was painted and we ordered new curtains and new heat pumps. The new kitchen was completed in 2012.
A new ablution block was completed in 2005 and a connecting deck completed the job. 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 space 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. In 2018 the marae was used on 24 occasions for various hui. We have hui scheduled over the next 12 months.