Waipapa Marae

Ngati Hikairo marae

Waipapa Marae – The Heart of Ngāti Hikairo
Situated on the main road into Kāwhia, Waipapa Marae is the heart of Ngāti Hikairo. It is a place for communal gatherings and a storehouse for iwi traditions.

Waipapa Marae Trustees
Chairperson: Meto Hopa   022 0128297
Secretary (Acting): Michelle Barker 027 2106078
Treasurer: Hīnga Ormsby
Marae Trustees: Tony Spelman, Jack Pōrima, Hone Edwards, Gerrit van Tol, Marlene Edwards and Ngaro Te Hae

Waipapa Marae Committee
Chairperson: Whetu Simon
Secretary: Vinnie Daniels
Treasurer: Tiki Ryan

Booking Waipapa Marae
Whanau, friends and organisations may book the marae for events. If you would like to make a booking, please contact Whetu Simon +64 027 9247272

About Our Marae
There are three main buildings that make up the Waipapa marae complex.

Ngā Tai Whakarongorua – Our Whare Tūpuna
Built in the early 1900s, our whare tūpuna is now over a hundred years old. The original name of the house was Te Whānau Pani. It was later renamed Te Mihinga. In 1991, after a slight relocation, the whare was finally named Ngā Tai Whakarongorua.

 The name Ngā Tai Whakarongorua relates to the sound of two tides. There are three key kaupapa that influenced the naming of our whare tūpuna:

  • Ngā Tai Whakarongorua was the name of a house  that stood at Ōpārau in the 1870s
  • Ngā Tai Whakarongorua was the name of a battle at Kārewa (Gannet Island)
  • Ngā Tai Whakarongorua alludes to the sound of the ocean waves on the coast and the lapping of the tide in Kāwhia Harbour.

Takuhiahia – Our Wharenui
Takuhiahia is a large carved whare that can sleep up to 300 guests.
A notable feature of the wharenui is that it has a large mahau (porch) and door on its side – rather than at the front.
The design is based on the whare rūnanga that stood at Whatiwhatihoe in the 1880s.
The name Takuhiahia reflects the desire of King Korokī’s daughter, Te Atairangikaahu, to have house built in this style

Te Wharekai – Our Kitchen and Dining Room
To the back of Waipapa is the wharekai which dates back to the 1950s. The wharekai has never been officially named.
Both the dining room and kitchen are of a very basic design and construction. But step outside the back door of the kitchen and you are met with a breathtaking view of Te Wharu – the small bay that the marae overlooks. 

 Ngāti Hikairo have long talked about replacing the old wharekai with a building that will meet the needs of the Marae today and for the future. A Wharekai Fundraising Committee has been formed to raise money and make this dream a reality.


View of the bay