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Penina Hitti

Kia ora Bruce and crew,
We had a delightful hui this weekend. We were able to enjoy the beautiful spirit of the Marae and experience the sacredness of being surrounded by nature.
Thank you for making us feel welcome and for taking the time to share with us the history of Tapu Te Ranga marae and sharing your own personal story.
A huge thank you to Halima and Pari. We thoroughly enjoyed the food! It was so delicious and filled us with the needed energy to sustain us through the day. The vegetarian food option was very tasty and the overall variety of food was superb.
Thank you again. We will certainly be back.

Penina Hitti
(on behalf of the Baha'i Fanau who attended)

Ruth Pollard []

Dear Bruce and all whanau,
Thank you so much for your incredible support of this year’s Accor Hotels $10 Queenstown Challenge to
Cure Kids!! Your involvement helped to make the event possible, and aided in creating a wonderful and
rewarding event for everyone involved.
The event was a huge success, with 35 teams of two raising in excess of $300,000 for Cure Kids. This
money will ensure we continue to fund vital medical research to improve the quality of life, prolong life and
ultimately accomplish our big goal to find cures for the thousands of children in New Zealand living with a
life-threatening illness. Your commitment and enthusiasm to this event has given hope to those families!
This years Accor $10 Queenstown Challenge to Cure Kids saw teams creating a time travel machine;
kissing cops, embarking on gangham style dance dares, and for those that missed out on bed making
lessons from their mothers, they received a one ‘o’ one lesson from the professionals in the Accor Hotels
bed making challenge in Christchurch! Possibly one of the most special of challenges was commissioned
to our teams two weeks in advance of the event. Teams were assigned their own individual ambassador for
the event and they had to dream up a special gift for this ambassador and on the launch night of the event
had to propose their ‘gift’ idea to a panel of tigers... all of our ambassadors will receive their special
personalised gift to remind them that they are special and that there is a group of passionate, caring and
driven individuals that care about them, and are working hard behind the scenes to find and fund a cure for
Over the past eight years this event alone has raised close to $2 million for Cure Kids. Thank you so
much for the role that tapa te ranga marae have played in this accomplishment.
On behalf of the team at Cure Kids, thank you for hosting us and welcoming us into your beautiful Marae; it
was a very special time for us all and one that will not be forgotten in a hurry, especially the 5.30am wake
up call to learn the Haka!
With warm regards
Yours sincerely,
Ruth, James, EJ and the team at Cure Kids

A Couple of Clowns - Cure Kids

Kia Ora Koro Bruce and the home people of Tapu Te Ranga. Thank you for having us on Thursday night, the talk from Koro Bruce, the hot showers, the hot hearty meal and a bed for the night was gold after the day we'd had. Also to Tiki for the awesome Haka lesson in the morning, what an experience! Tena Koutou!!!

A Rocha

Warm fire. Lovely pictures. Love the fact that it was all made out of recycled and reused materials. Hot showers. The bush outside.

NZCOM 2012 Conference

Just a wonderful experience for our delegates, especially the overseas visitors. Bruce is a real gem, so easy to deal with. Would happily recommend! :)

Liz Tennet

Tena koe,
Community Law had 92 people at a full-day Hui at Tapu Te Ranga Marae on 26 September 2012. We received a wonderful welcome and because of the peaceful environment we were able to work through some pretty contentious issues. The hopitality was supurb with great food and human kindness. Tapu Te Ranga Marae is a haven in the city, a calm and friendly meeting place that has its own spirituality. We all loved it, and you will too. I highly recommend Tapu Te Ranga Marae for your next meeting, conference and hui. Aroha to Bruce and his wonderful family.

Emily Bruce, JustSpeak

Kia ora Bruce, Halima, Hirini, Pare, Kirihika, and everybody at Tapu Te Ranga,

We are so grateful to you all for having us at the marae for the first ever "JustSpeak Camp" of 2012. The camp brought together 114 young people from all around New Zealand to discuss criminal and social justice issues, and to engage in workshops to further our skills in speaking, writing, and creative work. The marae provided the perfect setting for this. Bruce, I know your korero moved, challenged and inspired an a lot of the participants. Thank you for letting us use the rooms of your beautiful marae for an experience we have really treasured.

Ngā mihi nui,

Emily (and the JustSpeak Crew)

Neil Campbell

Tena koe e te Rangatira, e te Matua, e te Tangata Poutokomanawa.

Nga mihi nunui, nga mihi mahana hoki ki a koe ara me oo whanau hoki tautoko to matau kaupapa, awhina tangata, manaaki ai nga manuhiri mai ia waka, ia hapu, ia iwi.

Tenei te mihi.

Matua Bruce thank you once again for making your Marae available and for the great hosting afforded to our group of programme providers last week.

People left with full bellies, warm hearts and yet another great experience as a result of staying and working within the unique environment that is Tapu Te Ranga.

In this way I also acknowledge your support to us to help provide better outcomes for Maori offenders and their whanau as we work with them to provide the opportunity for a better future for them.

Nga mihi

Neil Campbell
Director Māori
Department of Corrections

vili and sarah

we love you koro. love gracie, tommy and mani bruce xxxxx

Mamae Takerei []

Whanau, nga mihi aroha to everyone June 2012
Each year Matariki brings with her the bounty of her 'watch' to
share, care and celebrate Io Matua Kore, the Supreme God's gift to
the world. Our stay at Tapu Te Ranga marae will always be the
crowning glory of fellowship and the sharing of bounty (of food,
kindness and goodwill) with all peoples.
Arriving on a winters evening to Tapu Te Ranga, to the new visitors
in our group, their first impression of the Marae was describe as a
"Wonderland By Night" !
The simple gesture of a fire glowing from its corner warmed the
wairua and bodies of our Kaumatua made our welcome so inviting.
The Whare, meeting house built from recycled materials reminded
us that too many marae images have become so corporate that the
cold steel and concrete overrules the true sense of whakamahana
(warmth) and manaakitanga (hospitality) from the heart.
We went to Poneke to be part of a festival however being part of the
Matariki celebrations at Tapu Te Ranga marae gave true meaning to
the word "Manaakitanga" sharing and caring for and with people
from all walks of life.
Manaakitanga in every sense of the word was true to form with
Bruce and his Whanau providing for all our needs and even preparing
breakfast on the road when we left there Sunday at 5am bound for
home, curried prawns, roti and sweets was too much! For the o/seas
visitor, if you want that real first hand cultural experience or to wake
up to birds singing in the ONLY lust green unspoilt section of
Wellington, Tapu Te Ranga Marae is the only place to go, your stay
there is a MUST DO.