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Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu

Kia ora Bruce and whanau
Thank you for hosting Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu staff on your Marae for the day. Your hospitality was very welcoming and the kai was fantastic. We learnt a lot from the Powhiri, Korero and by listening to you talk about the history of the Marae and your life. It was great for us to get out of the office for the day and be able to focus on the work of He Kakano and talk about ways to improve Maori achievement. Being on the Marae was the perfect environment for us to have these conversations.
Nāku noa, nā Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu

Ruka Toko Mikahere

Kiaora koro and all my whanau at Tapu te ranga. Hey Koro how are you, Mum and I all good. I dropped in to say hello. I'll be on the stage at Polyfest next friday Koro and I am sure good at teaching those girls the Pukana. I'm really excited. I'm walking to school all by myself and I love it. I hope you are all well and I hope we get down there to see you soon. love you Koro. Ruka

Jack & the Generation Zero ope

Kia ora e hoa!

From all of us, thanks! We could not have hoped for a more welcoming location for our crew of nearly 50 to stay for 4 days.

To be able to have open access to all of the Marae's facilities (including the powerful Wahine Room) and the open whenua behind the Marae was phenomenal. And to be supported by such a helpful crew on the Marae was brilliant.

To anyone holding a hui on this Marae, be ready for some serious inspiration and whanaunatanga!

Tautoko te Kaupapa kei te Marae Tapu te Ranga.

Rugbygirl Foundation

Kia ora Bruce, Helima and whanau, We would like to say our stay at the Marae exceeded our expectations in everyway. We were looked after far beyond what we expected. The meals were spot on for our requirements,showers were always lovely and hot. The setting outside was perfect for our camp of 30 people which we were pleased to be allowed to use. The welcome and hospitality of all those involved should be congratulated - what amazing people. We would have no hesitation in returning back to the Marae to hold future training camps and will definately recommend your Marae to others. Regards Dina and Dave

Andrew Jones

At Bruce's invitation, which came during a memorable hour-long conversation some months ago, we have parked our house truck for 2 days and are giving thought to Bruce's dreams on how this place can be a respite for the people of the road. I blogged about Tapu te Ranga on my tallskinnykiwi blog here ** as well as our family travel blog here **
its a wonderful place and we hold hands with Bruce and hope with him for a rich future
every blessing

Marama Davidson

Tena koutou. I grew up running around Tapu Te Ranga lots as a kid and it was wonderful to be back there as an adult, I have only been there on the odd occasion over the years since my time there as a child. I thorougly enjoyed my stay and lovely to see you again Bruce! You are as I remember you, warm, funny, inspiring - just older hehe. Tapu Te Ranga marae is an amazing community and role-models what all of society should be aiming for - a lifestyle of sharing. The manaaki we recieved over our two days was superb. Nga mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa.

Jess Ngatai

E mihi kau ana ki a koutou ko Bruce, Ian and whanau mo to manaaki i a matou.
What a wonderful, unique, warm, inspirational marae. I so enjoyed staying here over the last two days, and look forward to opportunities to visit again and will wholeheartedly recommend and encourage others to as well. Thank you Bruce for sharing your inspirational story, and to Ian ma for the beautiful kai and for taking such good care of us. Can't really speak highly enough of Tapu te Ranga!

Jessica Wana

Kia Ora Whanau

I have just spent to awesome two days at Tapu te Ranga Marae.

For me it was like home.. A feeling that can be hard to find on other marae.

Bruce and his Whanau made some lovely kai for us all.

Bruce also gave us all a gift... the gift of knowledge about him, his life and his family in a small way.

I thank you deeply Bruce for what you have shared with me and the Roopu i was with. You, your Whanau and your stories/knowledge/understanding will never be forgotten and i hope that in the many years to follow i can one day bring my children, their children and so on into your beautiful home..

This is a moment in my life that i will take back to my Maniapoto Whanau and share. Thank you deeply

Paula Pirihi

Tena koutou mo nga manaakitanga me te marae tino mahana, hei whakaruruhau mo a matou hui (Ko Uepu o te Kahui Tika Tangata tera) ko te hiahia, kia hoki matou ki o koutou taha i nga tau e heke mai nei
Mauri ora ki a koutou te whanau o Tapu te Ranga marae

Robina Smythe

I enjoyed the peace, calm and birdsongs of your place this past two days with many colleagues from Te Kura. We learned much, enjoyed your space and the beautiful bushclad hillside.
Thank you for sharing your marae, such a wonderful, beautiful structure.