Makahae Marae is situated above the Waiari Stream, on an ancient Pト site called Te Kahika. This area has accommodated Ngト》i Tuheke descendants for over 500 years. Te Kahika Pト during pre-European times was much larger and stood as a dominant feature of the Te Puke basin and landscape. With views towards the western range of Otawa and Papamoa, the Pト was intrinsically connected to its natural environment, predominately consisting of wetlands, streams, rivers and bush clad hills which provided for hunting, fishing and food gathering activities.

Te Kahika Pト draws its name from the once plentiful kahikatea forests which grew prolific throughout the wetland basin providing a green-belt of harakeke and raupナ. These natural materials were the traditional building materials utilised in the construction of ngト kト(nga (houses), ngト waka (canoes), and ngト kauta (shelters) for Te Kahika Pト. The attributes and value of the kahika tree to Ngati Tuheke are extensive and are found in traditional korero as being relevant in reflecting the attributes of the people. Throughout our lifetime, Ngト》i Tuheke are likened to the Kahika tree, we stand united seeking support from each other.

Our ancestors Totokau, Tawakepito and Tahere were the first architects that fashioned the great Pト Te Kahika during the 14th Century. From this time to the present Te Kahika Pト has provided a place for Tuheke descendants to live.

Makahae: Te Wharenui / Ancestral Meeting House
Makahae was named after the eldest son of Tapuika and grandson of Tia. Opened in 1924, it is a traditional wharenui, carved by Rukingi Haupapa and his son Rotohiko Haupapa. The front of the whare is carved and the interior is adorned with kowhaiwhai specific to the marae and hapu.

The wharenui carvings and kowhaiwhai (exterior and interior) underwent restoration during the early 1970s.

Hineumu: The Wharekai / Dining Hall
Hineumu was named after the wife of Tapuika and mother of Makahae. The dining hall and kitchen were erected in the 1950窶冱.

The Waharoa / Marae Gateway
The Waharoa was carved in the late 1990窶冱 and attributed to four kuia who established the marae.

Whaturangi: Te Whare Manaaki
Named after the wife of Makahae, this building was part of an old railway shed once located in Te Puke. It was brought up to the marae in the 1970s to provide a working shelter for the carvings on Makahae while they underwent restoration.

Whaturangi is currently used as a place of learning. Ngト Mokopuna o Te Matai Kohanga Reo was established in 2011. It is licensed for 20 children (which includes six places for under 2 year olds). The kohanga is open from Monday 窶 Friday, between the hours of 9am 窶 3pm. For further information contact (07) 5736 601 or

Info To Come:

  • [Marae Trustees]
  • [About the Marae Committee and the Meetings, their purpose, who is welcome to come along (everyone!) and when they occur]