Whare Taonga focuses on the histories of iconic structures that hold great meaning for iwi, hapū and whānau from around Aotearoa. Weekdays 11.00am (R). Available On Demand.
Pūtiki-Wharanui-a-Tamatea-Pōkaiwhenua marae was named to commemorate Tamatea, tūpuna of the Tākitimu waka. The wharenui, Te Paku o te Rangi, was opened by Mete Kingi Paetahi in 1877 and displays distinct features of the Whanganui carving style. A key feature is the low doorway which is said to humble those who enter by prompting them to bow as they walk into the whare.