Papawai Marae is just minutes from the heart of Greytown and is one of the most historically important marae in New Zealand. Papawai has been home to Wairarapa Maori for hundreds of years, and in the late 1800s it was the focus of Kotahitanga, the national Maori parliament movement. It’s still very much a community hub today.
A variety of tours and activities are available.
Now here’s a hui (feast) we missed out on. The 1911 memorial unveiling to Hamuera Tamahau Mahupuku at Papawai Marae was attended by 6,000 people. Accompanying hui menu included 275 sheep, 20 cows, 45 suckling pigs, 48 ton of potatoes, plus assorted poulty.
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