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Aotea and Te Waipounamu buildings

Aotea and Te Waipounamu buildings

The Aotea meeting house (front) and Te Waipounamu buildings were erected for the Kotahitanga (Māori parliament) which sat at Pāpāwai marae for two sessions in 1897 and 1898. The form of Aotea evokes a traditional Māori meeting house, with a gabled roofline and deep entrance porch. The buildings were damaged in a storm in 1934 and later demolished.

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Ben Schrader, 'Wairarapa places - Pāpāwai marae', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, updated 11 Jun 2015