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Kia Ora Bruce,
Thanks again for your help with information on the marae.
Like I said to you before, I was fortunate enough to visit you and your marae a few years back and it has stuck with me since.
When asked to research an example of contemporary maori architecture, it seemed too great an opportunity not look further into the marae.

Once again, thanks for your time to talk to me about the building and the contexts surrounding it.
Look forward to stopping in and seeing you again.




One of many ways in which Tapu Te Ranga is different to most marae is that it’s open to everyone, regardless of iwi or background. All sorts of people from all over New Zealand (and the world) have come to live and work there in the past thirty years; when we got there yesterday, sun shining, wind blowing, we all commented on the immediate calming sense of the place, which I secretly think is the result of all the contributions of all the people who have been there over the years. They’ve left a glamour, a palpable mist, that hangs over the place, and you don’t even need to know much of the story to feel it.

Paula Williams...Ministry of Education

Wow! Everyone was amazed and captivated by the whole hospitality and comfort of the marae and the people. Those who stayed overnight enjoyed themselves immensely. . Please send a warm and wonderful thank you to Cooper, Brian and Kay Marie for awesome catering, organisation and the care they put into every day. We are so happy and wrapped about deciding to provide training for our facilitators at Tapu Te Ranga Marae. The Marae comes highly recommended to those who have yet to delve into the heart of a man.

Thank you kindly again Bruce

You are an inspiring man.

Word will spread.

Ka nui te aroha Paula

Lee Nattrass...Workbridge National Office

Thank you for your hospitality We had a great hui, the feedback from staff has been excellent. There was lots of knowledge sharing, Amster has such a wonderful way of conveying information. (The staff also enjoyed the tour with Pare – what an absolute delight your daughter is!)

Clare Wade...Opus International Consultants

Hi there,
Thanks for the awesome experience on your Marae, I have had a number of comments from the team and they have all really enjoyed the day and the experience they had.

We appreciate the time and effort it took to set us up for the day.

A special thanks to the guys that looked after our meals and basically catered to our every need they were real sweeties and made my job a lot easier and the Pumpkin soup was incredible!

Maraea Faulkner Erma National hui

Thank you and your whanau again for sharing your marae with us. We have had nothing but very positive feedback from people who stayed for the 3 days, especially those people who had never stayed on the marae before. Thanks again for your hospitality.

Amster Reedy-8Hauora hiu

Ko te tohu rangatira o te marae ko te manaaki i te tangata:The symbol of rank of a marae is caring for people
Koia tenei ko Taputeranga : This is what makes Taputeranga such a special place .
We had an excellent hui -people were impressed with everything especially Pare walking them around and informing them.
Amster Reedy


Kia ora koutou.
Thank you very much for a wonderful experience. Your marae truly is a home and gives rest to a traveling soul. I hope to come back some time and learn all about your garden too.
All the best for your path, I hope many will join you.
Ka kite ano.