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Ellison Whanau

We recently held our Whanau Reunion at Tapu Te Ranga marae. We loved the warmth and hospitality we encountered. Hearing the history of the buildings was amazing and the children enjoyed exploring the whare and grounds. It is a magical place for kids and adults alike. Many thanks to Bruce and his whanau for taking such good care of us.


Then when we popped out at the bottom of the hill we found the entrance to Manawa Karioi and the incredible building of Tapu Te Ranga Marae. The worlds largest recycled wooden building, it is a home for many, spawned of the Maori reniassance and anger of the 1970's. It is fascinating stuff. The kaumatua is Bruce Stewart, known for his angry prose and verse as part of the disconnected urban Maori. I have a cherished copy of his book "Tama" that I have had for many years....


It is possible to quieten me
for a while by blocking your ears
At times I've been buried - hidden
for centuries
but I will always surface
...sometimes with a scream
for there are those
who have nothing left but
their bodies - voices
Take your hands from your ears
hear their screams

Karen Hika

Kia Ora

On behalf of the Otaki Netball team, Monica myself and the girls would like ot thankyou for the lovely stay at the marae, it was a first for some of the girls and they found it a humbling experience, i do have a few words the girls have passed onto me.

Bruce, thankyou for letting us girls stay in your Marae, its a very humble place and i enjoyed staying there, it would have been lovely to meet you but we were so busy, as you would be also, maybe next time, kia ora, Karapapa Hika.
Thankyou for giving us the opportunity of staying at your Marae. It was awsome experience, Alana Fraser, Crystal Shearer.
Thankyou for letting us stay at your marae i enjoyed it from Shenee Nicolson, Bailey TeWiata.
Thankyou for giving us a lovely resting place to relax into during our busy Netball Tournament, Jasmin Karaiatiana, Rhiannon Richards.
You have a lovley hideaway here, and listening to the Ruru, and native manu throughout the stay was relaxing and brings you back to nature. The girls also loved meeting the other visitors there, and it was great to share experiences, and kai with extended whanau, Thankyou to all, take care.

Ruka T.M.Jacobs

kia ora koro i was watching maori television the other night and i was so proud of you and my aunties and uncles. I am proud that my whenua is down where you are. mwah love from your best moko ruka


Kia Ora Bruce

WOW! after watching a documentary on Maori Television a few nights ago about the "Tapu Te Ranga Marae" this caught my attention to watch the whole programme. I am impressed and amazed at how creative and how far you have come to keep your Marae up and running. I have never seen a beautiful attractive Marae like yours Bruce, hopefully one day I will come and visit this mindblowing Marae.

Kathy Tamangaro


how thoughtful of an idea from Bruce 2 set Lands Free from ownership.I love the creativity at the Marae.


Ki ora,neha's dad
I am neha's friend from Auckland. I like your chicken house and your horse, Falcon.I love your water fall at the back and the showers their relaxing. I can not wait to come back in 2 weeks to your MARAE
BYE,from Shaliya!!!!!!!!

Shep (Whakatu Marae, Nelson)

Tena koutuou katoa!!!

I just want to mihi to you, Matua Bruce and you awesome whanau for showing us a amazing time at our hui last week. It was a real privelage for me to stay at Tapu te Ranga Marae, the Korero that comes with the whare is inspriational! Your whanau sure do know how to run a hui!! Also i want to mihi to you Matua Bruce as with the help of your kids i got to spend some time with you listening to your Koereo which was again on another level for me, and exactly what i need to hear and learn from. So Tena koutou katoa, na mihi nui ki a kotou! I look 4ward to bringing my own whanau to see u all again sometime!!! Shep from Whakatu.

Meredith Akuhata-Brown

what an amazing place, so much to take in,, you can feel the warmth and welcome as soon as you arrive, the marae is a museum, art gallery and eco friendly space that just makes you want to stay for longer.. Thanks so much to the whanau at Tapu Te Ranga Marae, real highlight hearing about the vision and inspiration for that community. Awesome

Sally Williams

I have never bee to Tapu te Ranga Marae but after reading about it I know I will visit it one day, kia ora.