Ngātokowaru Marae is the home of Ngāti Pareraukawa. It is nestled on the south bank of the Hokio Stream, about a kilometre west of Lake Horowhenua towards Te Moana-o-Raukawa. The whare tupuna, Ngātokowaru, was completed in 1978 and opened by Ngāti Toa Rangatira in March 1978. The dining room, Pareunuora, has undergone several rebuilding stages since 1981. 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.
The Marae Committee
Marae Committee meetings are held 5-6 times a year and are open to all of Ngāti Pareraukawa to attend. The committee look after the marae, urupā and driveway on behalf of the hapū, Ngāti Pareraukawa. The Committee oversees the use of the marae, approves hapū plans which are revised each year, appoints members to represent the marae on various committees and ensures maintenance is undertaken. All hapū members are welcome to contribute.
Phone: 06 364 7300