Whakatu Marae Inc

Whakatu Marae is situated in the leeward breezes of the Taitapu Bay on the northern entrance into Whakatu, Nelson. The Whakatu Marae development in the 1960’s turned the exisiting land into a beautiful site that houses the Whare Tupuna-Kaakati, a Wharekai-Mauriora, 6 Whare Kaumatua, Kopuawai Te Kohanga Reo, a Kokiri Centre that services Health and Social Services, an equipment shed and ablution block. The land area is 10 hectares.

The kawa that is followed at Whakatu Marae is Tu Atu Tu Mai. This marae umbrellas 6 mana Whenua Iwi namely, Ngati Koata, Ngati Kuia, Ngati Toa Rangatira, Ngati Rarua, Ngati Tama and Te Ati Awa.

  • Ko Manungatapu te Maunga
  • Ko Maitahi te Awa
  • Ko Kaakati te Whare Tupuna
  • Ko Whakatu te Marae
  • Ko Ngati Koata
  • Ngati Toa Rangatira
  • Ngati Rarua
  • Ngati Kuia
  • Ngati Tama
  • Te Atiawa

The common ancestor claimed by these Iwi ancestory is Kaakati. Kaakati is 7 generations from Hoturoa Captain of the Tainui Waka and is the name of the Whare Tupuna.

The Maori Community of Nelson identified a need for a culturally appropriate Marae that would allow us to practice our Tikanga and cultural values in an appropriate manner. This emphasised the need for a place to learn Tikanga Maori and Marae Protocol. Since these early beginnings we opened our Kaumatua Whare in 1991. Development continued and on 1st April 1995, Kaakati our Whare Tupuna was opened. On 22nd October 2005 we opened the Wharekai Mauriora.

Visit the Whakatu Marae website.

Project 2011

Annual Waitangi Day Kai Festival

Whakatu Marae and Founders Heritage Park Nelson celebrates Waitangi Day on February 6th each year with a kai festival. Featuring over 63 food stalls, the variety of stalls reflect the diversity of whanau and friends in the community. Kai is a way of cementing relationships through sharing and celebrating different cultures from around the world. Whakatu Marae and the Founders Park sites are over 10 acres. It promises to be a very exciting day with over 6000 people coming to taste and share kai from traditional and contemporary New Zealand and exotic delicacies from other parts of the worlds.

For more information or to register for this event (PDF). View the site map (PDF).

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