E ngana ana te haukainga o tētahi marae no te tai tokerau ki te whakaora anō i a rātou nō tētahi āhuatanga motuhenga.
Hei tā Jack Taneohaia (Ngāpuhi), “It was a big blaze, I stay down in the valley just over here. I was home at the time and a lot of the whānau were on the beach fishing and they saw the smoke from the beach, so they knew something was up. That brought them up.”
Ka noho te marae o Waikara whakateuru o Kaikohe, tekau miniti atu i te huarahi matua tuangahuru mā rua. I tae tōmuri atu ngā kaipatu ahi nā te whenua torehapehape, heoi i matāra te whānau.
Hei tā Taneohaia, “By the time the fire brigade got in we had targeted a lot of the big flame areas by throwing buckets of water at it and I'm proud of my family for what we accomplished."
I kaingia katoatia te wharekai e ngā matikara o Mahuika, engari i noho haumaru tonu te whare tupuna e whā mita noa te tawhiti.
E ai ki ngā kaipatu ahi ehara tēnei ahi i te mahi nanakia, heoi, kāore anō kia kitea i pēhea ai te ahi i timata. E harikoa ana te haukainga kua rīanga te marae katoa.