Tapu Te Ranga Marae is a living Marae it is the home of Hirini (Bruce Stewart) and his family- shared with peoples of all
races all creeds. He bought the Whenua to set her free'. Tikanga (principals) of Kaitiaki (caretaker protector nurturer) govern the Marae.
Started 1974, Bruce worked with unemployed Maori youth- some were sleeping out'- mostly unskilled. They salvaged native timbers- usually 'balled' and 'crunched- restored, shaped by their hands- 'they who build the house are built by the house.' For almost four decades they've persevered- It's back from the brink of extinction- their deep need for Turangawaewae (standing place) without it they have no place to stand. Making impossible come true. Testament of Maori youth with many local people -special mention Sir Michael Fowler and Sisters from Home of Compassion.
A by product: The Worlds largest- tallest- greenest- fully wooden house on wooden piles- built of recycled materials. Eleven levels- 38,000 sq feet- 131 foot high.
She is a strong social, artistic, cultural and environmental statement. Living Maori in today's world. From The Four Winds- thousands visit our Marae- she is listed as a heritage site. There's also an historic site. Wellington New Zealand.
The Marae is set in 50 acres. Most of it has been planted with native trees - sourced from remnants of the original forest - 100,000 trees have been planted. Native birds are slowly returning. Manawa Karioi - good people from the local community-manage the reforestation. 'If everyone had a place to practice their Kaitiakitanga (stewardship) locally-we'd save ourselves from extinction.'