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Celebrating 100 years of Ko Tamawāhine

Last Sunday more than 130 former and current Manukorihi Pā Reserve Trustees, kaimahi, ringawera and whānau came together for a high-tea to celebrate the 100 anniversary of Ko Tamawāhine. 

Originally opened on 18 July 1921, the wharekai of Owae Marae has provided manaaki for tens of thousands of manuhiri and whānau from around the world. 

Manukorihi Pā Reserve Trustee Anaru White says the high-tea was a kaupapa to gather together and share stories of Ko Tamawāhine. 

“It was a special occasion with many reflecting on the manaakitanga shown by our people who looked after manuhiri over the years to today,” says Anaru. “The preparation and presentation of kai was also a memory that stood out for many.” 

The afternoon started with a welcome in Te Ikaroa a Maui, followed by high-tea prepared by current ringawera in Ko Tamawāhine. The sharing of kōrero and memories provided entertainment for the whānau who attended.

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