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Mamae Takerei

Kia ora Bruce, nga mihi aroha
Please insert this into your guest book; I keep having probs with unscrambling etc... when submitting.
Keep well and aroha to all.
Someone from the concert associated to the marae perhaps? asked for the words to "Seven Spanish Angels"
Happy for the girls to sing our songs too....

We will be recording all our items and will send copies in due course....

Please see attachment with its conditions.
Its pouring cats and dogs here....awful

Keep well


Bruce Stewart

Noho Kainga at Tapu Te Ranga Marae Island Bay Wellington

We’d like to meet people interested in living in a Noho Kainga (village) at our Marae at Island Bay (established 1974). We occupy 50 acres – it is freehold - 60% has been reforested in natives.

Our aim has always been to create a co-operative – a self sustaining/ community lifestyle based on the principals of/ Tikanga Maori - Cohousing – Kaitiakitanga (permaculture) . Not just a place to live – a way to live – advantages of private space/ community space/a diverse/green dollar/caring-sharing/ friendly community.

We plan to build an Eco Village using Maori architecture/ with renewable energy/ solar powered/ recycling water-composts. A vehicle free, common/ organic vegetable gardens/ glass houses.

Whare design will have 4/5 bedrooms with two bathrooms to care for 3/4 generation whanau. They’ll have wisdom/knowledge of elders who in turn will be cared for.

Noho Kainga aim will have the advantages of Marae buildings/ their Turangawaewae/ self sustaining workshops for engineers/ builders/ gardeners’/ arts, crafts. Fishing boat/ café/ art gallery. The Noho Kainga will be set within its substantial reforestation with walking tracks.

‘They who build the house are built by the house’- our mahi for last 40 years. The building of our Noho Kainga will be a major Trade Training activity.

Contact: Bruce Stewart


Tapu te Ranga was perfect for our two day team hui. The marae was warm, welcoming and comfortable. The friendly hospitality, the kai, and the many special touches were excellent. All the facilities we needed were available - such a pleasant alternative to a typical conference room. Thank you.

New Zealand Playcentre Federation

Kia ora Bruce and every single one of the wonderful people at tapu te ranga marae. On behalf of everyone who stayed last weekend I would to thank you with all my heart for the wonderful whare that you have created. From the minute that we arrive we felt the aroha, the special atmosphere of the marae and the incredible energy that is within the place that you have created. We felt loved, secure and looked after and were able to do our mahi in the perfect environment for what we wanted to achieve. I know that I speak for most of the people that attended our hui when I say that I have left a little of my heart with tapu te ranga marae and I know that we will be back.
Gabrielle - on behalf of the Federation Officers of the NZ Playcentre Association.

Veronica Tawhai

Tena koe Papa Bruce! Thank you so much for the AMAZING weekend. Your whare was awesome and warm and was the perfect scene for our mahi, as was your korero at the beginning! What an amazing gift to share with our roopu – thank you. I WISH I had recorded it (with your permission) as it was a most inspiring korero. We spoke further throughout the hui about the kaumatua on the wall, your messages about never giving up and overall the answers to all our problems lie in ourselves and our tikanga! It was an experience I myself and undoubtedly those rangatahi will never forget. Aroha nui! From myself and the rangatahi of Matike Mai Aotearoa!

Chum Te Whata

Tena koe me to whanau. Our people were just full of arohanui. They just loved the marae and the space and what you've done at Taputeranga. Peter Whaanga our speaker was amazing and some of the homeless must have heard they could break out of the homeless mentality with encouragement and plenty of aroha and manaakitanga. Thanks for making our stay warm experience.

Gerard Boot

Talofa Bruce,

Thank you for your powerful message to OHF staff on Thursday 10 May 2012.

"Dreams do come truce".

Regards and Blessings

Gerard Boot jnr

Kim Ruri

Tena koe te rangatira e Bruce me tō whānau hoki.
We had a orsome time at Tapu te Ranga Marae. i had the chance to go and have a good look around at the marae & it is totally Tu Meke!!.It was also great to meet you and for you to share your vision, passion and aroha with us.
Nga mihi ki a koe , na te Whanau o Te Wai Pounamu.


Ngā mihi nunui mo te manākitanga i tukuna mai ki a mātou i te hui. What an awesome venue and wairua at Taputeranga. Recommend it to everyone to visit and stay over.

Neville Robertson

Kia Ora Bruce,
Thank you very much for the hospitality extended to us by you and your whanau during our recent community psychology conference. I think I can say that we all found Tapu Te Ranga to be a place of spiritual renewal. It provided the perfect venue for our discussions.