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I had the privilege to visit Tapu te Ranga with a group of Indigenous Australian students. The powhiri was incredibly moving and our group were able to hear the story of the Marae and Bruce's journey. Throughout our trip through New Zealand, the students commented on how incredible there experience at Tapu te Ranga had been.


What a beautiful and peaceful place. We all really enjoyed the space and had a lot to think about after talking to Bruce about life and what's important.


I had an amazing time at the marae with the Youthline Development Programme. I really enjoyed the experience, with it being my first stay at a marae. The talk with Bruce and various activities we did as a group really made me think about my life and what I can do to change it in order to make it better.

Thanks so much! :)

Griffin Nichol (youthline)

Tēnā koutou,
Thank you so much for the opportunity for the Youthline Youth Development Group's noho at the beautiful marae. For many of us this was a first noho marae experience, and what a great first! Kia ora Bruce for your inspirational story - reminded me to always be looking out for those kotuku moments ...
Huge thank you to the Stewart whanau
and ka kite anō (we hope!) !!! :)


Kia ora koro, Mum tried to ring , she got your message and left a message on your ansa fone. I miss my sissy and i'm so glad we got down to Wellingtom
n and now mum's telling me i have to get my things ready for school tomorrow. but i don't want to go back to school koro, but i loved staying down with you guys it was so much fun and doing a road trip with my sissy was the best thing ever oh and i really like showing every body my beautiful painting done by sir Michael Fowler. Love to all my stewart whanau. and it was good having brunch with uncle Matai and staying with Ricky and I had fun at church to Ricky. ok mwah me and Anataia and Mum (bunny)


We loved our time at Tapu Te Ranga Marae. All our students had a great time.! This place is special! It was full of inspiring stories, interesting workshops and unique situations. Our students come from many different countries and cultures. It was amazing to see how they all shared this exprience and how interested they were in the history of the marae. You were great hosts! Everybody felt welcome! We would have loved to spend more time with you! We will be back! Thank you Pare, Hirini, Bruce, Cruze, Helena and all others...

Alice Patrick


Kia Ora te whanau o Stewart what a gorgess website you got koro and you were right koro it is lovely I forgot to tell you that I left a message on your phone that said if you are feeling all shaken up down there that's because there's an earthquake I'm glad to see your maunga is still beautiful and I can't wait for my sister and I to get down there Until Then Love you all Long Time


Had a brilliant time, the marae was gorgeous.

Ellen Aiken - School's Out

Thank you everyone for letting us stay on your beautiful marae. I had been feeling quite run down over the last few weeks and your marae and the Patchwerq hui were exactly the re-energiser and stress relief I needed! I feel quite rejuvenated.
Lots of love to you all!