Whaia koe te iti kahurangi. Mehemea kia tuohu koe, me he mauka teitei.
Seek to follow your dreams. If you should bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.
These are the words that were written by Matapura Ellison of Kati Huirapa ki Puketeraki, when the book, 'Te Poho Kanikani o Huirapa - The Dancing Hall of Huirapa' was released in 2001. This was the year that Huirapa Hall, the original whare runaka was restored and re-opened as Puketeraki Marae. From the 1920s to the present day, the whare runaka was a place for music, singing and dancing, food and fun of the days when the Puke Hall was used for everything from Maori Land Court sittings and public meetings, silent films, women's group parties and school concerts, to Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, table tennis and roller skating. The Hall was the glue that bound a close community together. Now, Puketeraki Marae is a place where both whanau and whanui gather to experience that specialness such a site offers.
Puketeraki Marae is situated on the corner of Apes Rd and Coast Rd in Karitane and overlooks Huriawa Peninsula. It is available for groups who want the marae experience. We regularly host university and polytechnic hui as well as many other events. In the last 12 months the marae has been host to a Ngai Tahu wide wananga, the NZ Childcare Assn, Environmental Protection Agency, Murihiku Roopu Kaitiaki, as well as a large number of schools from throughout the Otago region, through the Learning Outside the Classroom Programme.
Guide for visitors to the marae
Link to making a marae booking