Sunday, January 3, 2010
When I was travelling in the North Island in April-May 2009, I stopped at Ngaruawahia to see what I could, of Turangawaewae Marae. As the seat of the Maori King Movement (Te Kingitanga), it is perhaps the most important marae in all of New Zealand and while there is no general access, there is still plenty to see from the street. I spent a good while, wandering around the outside, completely in awe of the many stunning doorways and gates that give entry at various points around this huge complex. Both carved and painted, they punctuate the traditional fence/barricade that is adorned with many smaller carvings. You can read more about this fascinating marae and see more photographs by clicking on Turangawaewae Marae in the label line below this post.