About Te Āwhina Marae o Motueka
Te Āhurewa - The Altar
The first modern building on site at Te Āwhina Marae was Te Āhurewa Church. This church was built in 1897 to replace Te Āmate the original Church, which was burned down. A memorial plaque honouring Te Āmate is nearby. This historic and much loved building hosts a church service every third Sunday of the month. Te Āhurewa has an historic Places Trust Registration.
Te Āwhina Wharekai (Dining Hall)
The Wharekai or dining room at Te Āwhina Marae was opened in 1958 to provide a facility for the Maori community and in particular, seasonal workers who had come from all over the country to harvest tobacco and hops. Part of this building was originally the Hau Road School and was gifted to Te Āwhina Marae.
The Wharekai can seat 170 people maximum for dining.
The two main figures represent the two iwi of the Motueka region, Ngāti Rārua and Te Ātiawa.
Hoturoa on the right was the captain of the Tainui waka (canoe) from which Ngāti Rārua people descend. Awangaiariki on the left was the navigator of the Tokomaru waka from which Te Ātiawa people descent.
The small face at the bottom is Turangaapeke, the ancestor our wharenui (meeting house) is named after. The encompassing circle depicts the embracing of all people and all cultures.
Turangāpeke Wharenui - Meeting House
Turangāpeke Wharenui was opened in 1990. The Master carver of the Wharenui is John Mutu from Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Tama. Many of the Kowhaiwhai and Tukutuku panels were created by students attending courses at Te Awhina under the guidance of skilled Kaumātua.
Turangāpeke can sleep up to 60 adults comfortably and seat up to 120 people.
Six Kaumatua Flats were opened in 1992, to provide low cost and secure housing for Kaumatua
The kawa for Te Āwhina is Tae Nga Kawa - the tangata whenua start with their whaikorero, the manuhiri put forward all of their speakers and when they have finished the tangata whenua provide the final whaikorero.
Whakataka te hau ki te uru
Whakataka te hau ki te tonga
Kia mākinakina ki uta
Kia mākinakina ki tai
E hi ake ana
He tio, he huka, he hau hu
Tihei Mauri Ora
He hōnore he korōria ki te Atua
He maungārongo ki te whenua
He whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa
E ngā mate huhua o tātou,
haere, haere, haere
whakangaro atu ki te ao o te pō.
Ko Pukeone, ko Tuao Wharepapa ngā Maunga
Ko Motueka te awa
Ko Ngāti Rārua, ko Te Ātiawa ngā iwi
Ko Te Āwhina te marae
Ko Turangāpeke te wharetupuna
Ka tuku ngā reo whakatau ki a koe
e tae mai ana ki te ipurangi o
nau mai, i haere mai.
Piki mai i runga i te aroha o tātou
te hau kainga.
Āpiti hono, tatai hono rātou ki a rātou,
tātou ki a tātou
Tēnā tātou katoa.