Monday 17 June 2019
Tapu-te-Ranga Trust and Marae
Statement to the Community
Update: Tapu Te Ranga Marae tapu lifted and Community Service planned for this weekend
Tēnā koutou katoa,
The tapu was lifted from the marae whenua as the sun rose yesterday (Sunday) morning. Kaumatua of the Home of
Compassion, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Atiawa and marae from the rohe of Pōneke, Porirua and Te Awakairangi converged to
invoke the waerea. The sacred ritual involves karakia to remove the tapu from the marae whenua before work is carried
out to clean up the site. We are waiting for Fire and Emergency NZ to complete the forensic report, which we are
expecting to receive sometime this week.
We are grateful for the community’s continued aroha by way of koha, kai and mahi. We appreciate the immense support we
have received from a network of social service providers consisting of Wellington City Council’s Welfare team, Te Puni
Kōkiri, the Ministry of Social Development, Wellington City Mission, Kahungunu Whānau Services, Wellington Boys and
Girls Institute, the District Health Board, Wesley Community Action, local churches and others.
The Trust has developed a positive working relationship with Wellington City Council both historically and in recent
years. We are working alongside council officers, city councillors and the Mayor as we address the short-term needs of
our whānau and consider the future of our marae.
We remain optimistic as we focus our efforts on cleaning up the marae site with the utmost care, salvaging taonga such
as photographs, artworks and sculptures and eventually planning to rebuild our marae, which has served the community
A community service will be held this weekend – more detail will come.