Wharekai

Before the official opening

Before the official opening

 Te Maru o Hikairo

Ngāti Hikairo long dreamed about replacing the old wharekai and kāuta at Waipapa Marae. This  was realised when Te Maru o Hikairo was opened by Kingi Tuheitia Pōtatau Te Wherowhero VII  on 12 March 2019. The new dining room is expected to feed twice as many people as the previous wharekai in one sitting, with half the number of ringawera required to help feed guests during important annual events such as Poukai. Featuring extensive glass windows the building has also been designed to provide a breathtaking view of  Kāwhia Harbour.

The wharekai project was made possible through iwi fundraising efforts and help from the Oranga Marae programme, a co-investment initiative of Te Puni Kōkiri and the Department of Internal Affairs.