Hairini Marae

Our marae is a platform for traditional discussion and debate, a place for learned discourse, customary oratory, laughter, nostalgia and sharing sorrow and tears. It is an area immersed in history, philosophy and genealogy; a place of spiritual and emotional refuge and a place to worship.


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The original name of the Hairini area was Ohau. For generations, Ngāi Te Ahi has occupied the lands of Hairini, Ohauiti, Kaitemako, Poike, Waoku and parts of the Waimapu and Taumata. They share these areas with neighbouring whanau and hapu of Ngāti Ruahine, Ngāi Tamarāwaho and Ngāti He. Historian Fiona Hamilton’s report “Ngāi Te Ahi Historical Report WAI 370” provides a more comprehensive historical account of Ngāi Te Ahi from the early 1800’s to late 1990’s. A Social Impact report written by Tiraroa Reweti provides personal accounts of Ngāi Te Ahi history from interviews with koroua, kuia, pakeke and rangatahi.

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