Monday, August 2, 2010

A Bay of Plenty Discovery

The day I left Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty on my recent travels around New Zealand, I took my time, dawdling first in the lovely, little seaside village of Maketu before carrying on to sunny Te Puke.

I was so distracted by my thoughts about Maketu - and how much I loved the place - that as I drove out of Te Puke I almost missed this marae - Tuhourangi Marae. If it hasn't been for the bright school gateway on this Te Kura Kaupapa Maori, I would have sailed straight past.
The gate is a memorial, unveiled in 1948, to Maori soldiers killed in battle. It was when I was walking back to my car after photographing the gate that I looked up and saw the marae in straight in front of me across the busy highway. I took these shots from there. I haven't hadd time to find out anything about the marae, other than it sits in the Rohe of Waiariki/Te Arawa. If any readers can enlighten me further please leave a comment.


  1. Kia Ora!
    Just found your blog, very interesting and well-written! Actually the marae you spotted across the road is Moko Marae, another marae of Tapuika iwi. Tuhourangi is further down the road.
    na Waimarie :)

  2. Kia ora! Thanks so much for your input. It's always helpful when people like you make the effort to add to my lack of knowledge :-) I really appreciate it - and I'm sure blog readers do too. Ngā mihi Adrienne


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