Whakaahurangi Marae was established in Stratford in the 1970s. The area had very few Māori living here until the 1950s. In 1975, approval was given for a marae to be established on reserve land between Celia Street and the Patea River.
The marae was named after an old Māori trail, linking northern/southern Taranaki a few kilometres east of Stratford. The first building on the marae was the former Pembroke Road school, and over the years various other buildings were added. In December 1989 the marae was destroyed by fire, but with strong community support and an insurance payout, rebuilding started early in 1990, with the official opening in March 1992.
The marae offers Te Kohanga Reo, elderly support services, family support & advice and community classes in te reo, tikanga and kapa haka.
Celia Street East, Stratford
- Last Updated: Thursday, 14 January 2021 14:10
24 HOUR PHONE:
(06) 765 6099
Stratford is nestled at the junction of two major roads (SH3 and SH43) in tthe North Island of New Zealand, and sits on the banks of the Patea River.
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