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viliami and sarah mila

Dearest Koro Bruce
Just a note to say we are thinking of you at this special time of the harvest festival. We are sending you our love and maybe a little more strength. We know it will be an amazing time and only wish we could be there, home with you to help. We are sorry we are so far away. Good luck with it all. A little news for you, we are having another baby due in August. Another miracle to add to the family. We love you all so much and miss you terribly. With love Viliami, Sarah, Gracie and Tommy xxxxx

Patrick Gemmell

Tena koe Matua Bruce and whanau, he mihi Aroha.

Thank you for hosting the ERMA whanau at your wonderful kainga, we know that you are busy but you always take time to korero with us about the marae and why it lives. The ERMA whanau will continue to use Tapu Te Ranga for our hui because you care for our kaupapa

Na te Aroha

Patrick and the ERMA Whanau

Sharon McMahon

Tena koe Bruce, My visit with you was quite emotional as I hadn't seen you for 34 years and I must say I felt sadden to see you housebound but your dreams give you strength. I was totally amazed with your daughter Pare how she shared your fellows whakapapa and will always remeber her lovely ahua.... " Tau ke" Awesome dream thanks for sharing it with me. I do hope I get there for the Harvest Festival would love to be there on the 20th February. Keep up the good work and I know you will get there what ever the outcome maybe. So awesome to catch up with you again after many years away I just wish I knew where everyone else is however maybe one day and I hope one day we may catch up with one or two. Take care my dear friend you are always in my heart. Na Sharon xxxxxx

Sharon McMahon

Tena koe e taku hoa ataahua, ka mau te wehi kua kite ano ahau ki a koe. He pai rawa te whitiwhiti korero te haerenga hoki kia titiro atu ki te Marae te kimihia nga taonga te whakarongo mai tou pukapuka panui kia ora ano.
Na Sharon ma xxxxxxxxxxx


thank you

for everything.

Reiko Hata

Kia Ora, Bruce!
I am the Japanese girl who visit your place on 16th and 17th October 2009. I am sorry it took me so a long time to contact you. But now I am home, and I want to say thank you for your kind.
I stayed the Marae and shared some experiences with people from Great Barrier island. It was really a exciting experience for me. I haven't heared about any other Marae like this. I think the connection of the people in thins Marae is special. It is new living Marae at the present day.
My English is not enogh, but I also studyed a lot from the conversation with you.

I hope I visit you again. Thank you so much!!


Terence Rangihuna

Kia ora Bruce,

On the 13th-16th of Decemmer 2009 a group of East Coast people stayed at Tapu te Ranga, our reason for being in Wellington was an urgent inquiry into east coast waitangi treaty claims.
Whereas Te Runanga o Ngati Porou are trying to extinguish the separate and distinct ancient identities of people on the east coast by assuming they represent all people on the east coast. I represent Te Hapuoneone and had a very peacful stay at your kainga, the wairua of the place is good. I am wishing to return one day with my children and conduct research plus visit the museum etc.
TT Rangihuna

Ruth Wickens

Dear Bruce,

I am doing a university paper to learn more about Maori culture. My internet research always leads me to your website, and has made me realise how connected I feel to Tapu Te Ranga Marae.

I so enjoyed the conversations we used to have. I hope you are well.

Best regards,

Ruth ("Nurse Ruth")

Johanne Spring

Kia ora Bruce and Whanau,

Thank you for hosting us at your Marae for our Maori Perspectives workshop. The venue was excellent and brought back many happy memories from my childhood as I used to go riding at the horse riding school that was there before the Marae. I have to mention the wonderful pumpkin soup we had as it was the nicest I have eaten.


Myk Rushton

A fascinating piece of New Zealand history and a testament to focusing on a dream. Thank you for taking the time to talk with us (PiNZ PEX) and allowing me to hear you (Bruce Stewart) speak