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Joan Sorenson

Thank you for putting me up on the night of the floods. The glowing fire, a hot meal, a warm and comfortable bed. What a haven you have there. It bought us all together. Many thanks again... Joan

Brooklyn Primary School (year 7-8)

Tena Kotou Tapu te ranga,on behalf of the moa syndicate, i would like to say that we loved and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your beautiful marae, and we all learnt a ton! Finding out more about Maori culture was very interesting, and we hope to welcome some of it into our school. We look forward to staying again soon.
Thanks for all your effort,
Brooklyn School's Moa students.


I would like to thank all the whanau at Tapu te Ranga Marae for hosting the New Educators Network of NZEI Te Riu Roa. We had 60 people from across the country stay for two days on the marae and the feedback has been outstanding.

I would strongly recommend Tapu Te Ranga to any group who was looking to bring people together to learn and develop relationships. The setting and environment immediately makes you feel at home.

From a conference organiser's point of view, everything was stress free - the food was always on time (and delicious!), the whanau took the time to acknowledge and ensure the group was welcome. The marae has wi-fi available, whiteboards, plenty of seating and this can be arranged before your stay. Thank you for providing this, it allowed me to engage with the participants rather then run around worried about seating and food prep. It was so easy to communicate with Halima and Bruce before the conference too.

What a gift you have to offer in Tapu te Ranga marae. We look forward to staying again.


Kia ora whanau o tapu te ranga marae (scuse the reo if its wrong - im still learning).
I want to thank you for the awesome hospitality you extended to the group of New Educators from NZEI this weekend. I was particularly inspired by the marae itself and how Bruce you built it using eco principles. One day I wish to bring my future classes to experience the amazing opportunities that are available to learn from you. Your words during our Powhiri were profound and gave me much to ponder. I hope to visit again and experience more. Julie Butler

Matua Whare

He tino mihi ki a koutou te whanau e tiaki nei te moemoea a o koutou matua papa, ko Bruce na reira, tena koutou katoa.
Te manaakitanga, te aroha, te korero o Tapu Te Ranga. Aue te miharotanga.
What a marae! I do encourage the learners, the experienced, the young and the old to visit this wonderful place. The experience of venturing to Tapu Te Ranga is a must.
Na reira, tena ano tatou katoa.

Raewyn Paterson

For the 4th year now we have brought our first year Art & Design students from ideaschool, Hawkes Bay to stay at Tapu te Ranga and to visit the galleries in Wellington.

Thankyou so much to Halima, Bruce, Hirini and Pare - we always feel so welcome and the food was as amazing as ever and catered to all our vegan, dairy-free and wheat free students.

Our students were nourished not only with the kai, but with the knowledge that Bruce and Pare shared, and the experience of staying in such a special whare (they haven't been able to stop talking about it!). The class has developed a strong whanau relationship, which will support them through the next 3 years of study.

Nga mihi nui koutou

Raewyn (25-27 Feb 2015)


He mihi mahana ki a koutou. We would like to thank you, Halima and the whole whānau for your manaakitanga at Tapu Te Ranga. We felt very blessed and cared for by you all and we certainly made the space our own and of course, we particularly enjoyed the kai. Our out-of-town colleagues were also very impressed with what you, and your diverse whānau have managed to build in the centre of the capital over the years. We managed to do some really good work towards implementing our tikanga resource and building up our own knowledge and the Wairua of the space made that possible. I hope we left the space as clean and tidy as we found it!

We are really looking forward to coming back with our leadership team in late March and again in May with another rōpū. We hope to have the same spaces again in this marae, an amazing, multi-storied, inclusive and welcoming environment.

Whakahou i te whare, kia ora ai te whare
A new beginning, a new future


Had a wonderful cooking experience with Halima and her two lovely friends who taught own group how to make some delicious curry dishes. Was a great opportunity to bond with fellow colleagues in a relaxed fun filled Sunday. I was impressed with the home grown produce and highly recommend this as a team building experience for work or as a treat for social or sport groups. Mauri ora!


Visited Bruce and his wonderful family not long ago as part of our course requirement.
We all commented on how welcoming everyone was, and how amazing the food was. They catered the dairy free and vegan people in the group, which was outstanding.
Thank you so much guys, you're all awesome.


I'm very grateful that tapu te ranga were able to take us in at the very last minute, literally. They were also able to accommodate my mothers body who had passed recently, my whanau from Rotorua were very pleased they could spend one more night with my mother. Due to my mothers religious beliefs she did not want her body to spend a night on a marae.
However this didn't feel nor did it look like a traditional marae, it is more than that,it's open, very welcoming and a meeting place for all to enjoy.
My cousin absolutely loved the diversity and the relaxed atmosphere.
My Uncle told me that meeting Bruce was a great honour as he had waited over 30 years to meet him.
I would like to thank Bruce and his family for an outstanding stay, they treated my mother's body with respect, they made us feel at home and they are simply amazing people.
An experience that my whanau and I will never forget.

Thank You Tapu Te Ranga !!!!