Tangatarua Marae

Tangatarua Marae

Mokoia Campus is fortunate to have a marae on campus. Named Tangatarua, which translates to "two peoples", two peoples together in one place in one land.

Tangatarua Marae was officially opened on October 5, 1996, and is named after a Túhourangi ancestor, Tangatarua, who lived on the land where Mokoia Campus is situated today.

View the history of Tangatarua Marae


These represent a part of history and encompass three main kaupapa (ideas) - record of history and events, identity and decoration. Whakairo in Tangatarua created by Master Carver Lyonel Grant. The carved Pou Tiaki (ancestors) throughout Ihenga represent not only ancestors of the Māori, but also those of Polynesian and European ancestors.
  • Marae Backbone image.

    Marae Backbone

    The Tāhūhūroa o te Tupuna Whare (the backbone at the apex of the tupuna whare) is not only the Te Arawa canoe, but also Te Waka o Te Mātauranga (the canoe of education). The canoe represents the rowing of knowledge from the ancient world through to the world we are living in today. The front of the canoe is situtated in the mahau, and is taking all that knowledge on, for our tamariki and mokopuna (children and grandchildren) of future generations.

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Page last updated: 02 May 2017