Story: Daily life in Māori communities – te noho a te hapori

Building urban marae, 1980

Building urban marae, 1980

Trade training apprentice Neil Taite puts finishing touches to the raparapa (bargeboards) and amo (vertical panels), in readiness for the opening of Ngāti Pōneke marae in Wellington in June 1980. The marae dates back to 1929 when a group of Māori formed a social centre for Māori living in Wellington. It was named Ngāti Pōneke ('the Port Nicholson tribe') in 1937, when it aimed to be a place for young people to go and connect with their Māori culture. The opening of the purpose-built marae complex in 1980 signalled a commitment to support Māori living in cities who chose to retain features of their customs and patterns of daily life.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1980/1728

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Mark Derby, 'Daily life in Māori communities – te noho a te hapori - Daily life in modern Māori communities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/40906/building-urban-marae-1980 (accessed 17 October 2019)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 Sep 2013