Hurunui-o-Rangi Marae is a proud partnership that weaves itself throughout our community. Its influence is visible in our schools, council, youth groups, and environmental projects, and we are thankful for the marae’s community outlook. Hurunui-o-Rangi and Carterton District Council have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together. Marae members and local Iwi support the Council at Council and committee meetings, advising on cultural matters, tikanga Maori, as well as supporting civic and citizenship ceremonies with powhiri. The marae has also generously offered to provide te reo lessons for councillors, which will begin shortly.
Hurunui-o-Rangi has also just finished building stage 1 of their new marae development, a papakainga — six houses for whanau to live next to the marae and support its further growth.
The marae has named the new papakainga roadway Te Ara Takapau — the second exclusively te reo Maori road name in New Zealand.
Ra Smith, Hurunui-o-Rangi Trust chairperson, writes: "Hurunui-o-Rangi is a part of Carterton District and our council stood by us and supported our roadway name. Our marae community did not think we were following a precedent, we wanted to respect our heritage.
The papakainga will also keep our marae warm with people. And we plan to rebuild our marae. For the thousands of descendants from this home base, this will be a place to learn about the layers of home. The future will have more exciting times than I can imagine.”
We look forward to the marae rebuild which will be an asset to the iwi and local community.