This wharenui (meeting house) is at Tūrangawaewae marae, at Ngāruawāhia. When the marae was established, it fulfilled a saying from Tāwhiao, the second Māori king. The king had described Ngāruawahia as his tūrangawaewae (footstool). Since then, this idea has been expanded, and people from many tribes speak of their marae as their tūrangawaewae, meaning a place to stand.
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