Mōkau Marae to Reopen After 7-Year Closure

Feb. 19, 2021, 7:49 a.m.

Ngāti Wai iwi will gather at dawn at the end of the month in Whangaruru to reopen Mōkau Marae after it was destroyed by fire back in 2013, taking with it generations of history, whakairo and taonga tuku iho.

For the past 7 years, Te Uri o Hikihiki descendants haven't been able to mourn their loved ones at their ancestral home and have relied on the support of neighbouring marae, Tūparehuia, Ngaiotonga, Punaruku, Ōakura and Ōtetao Reti.

The reopening of the marae marks a special time where Te Uri o Hikihiki hapū returns home and has a place to teach upcoming generations tikanga and kawa of Mōkau Marae, after almost a decade of lying dormant.

What was a long road, gathering funds and organising the rebuild as well as the reopening was made even longer by COVID-19. 

The January Northland community case saw the opening delayed by a month. However, iwi, hapū and whānau are looking forward to having their marae back.

For more on this story, watch the video above.

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