An award winning building, offering many services...

Te Wharewaka - The Wharewaka (waka house) is viewable from all sides, and open on occassion to the public during the day.  Waka can be launched into the lagoon for ceremonial occasions via the slipways.  Waka ama are used on a more regular basis for training and competition.  A home to three waka with the commencement in 2015 of Waka Tours, Walking Tours and Cultural Service are available, enquire here admin@wellingtontours.maori.co.nz.  Our website is currently being updated, more information is to come.

Te Wharewaka Tapaere - The Function Centre, an award winning and fully serviced functions venue.  Offering five function spaces, with a combined ground floor capable of catering large events, for up to 500 Cocktail style, but suitable to all function configurations including events such as; meetings, exhibitions, dinners, classroom, banquet and cocktail events.   A must see function centre. 

Te Wharekai - The Eating House, Karaka Cafe.  Our onsite chefs cater to all your function needs and we have a cafe open 7-days a week, offering a modern take on some of the traditional foods of Māori, along with delicious cafe style foods.

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The Building

This building was given its name of Te Raukura at an opening dawn Ceremony on Waitangi Day, Sunday 6 February 2011.  Previously the building was known as Te Wharewaka.  Te Raukura is of special significance to descendants from Taranaki iwi of Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngati Ruanui, Ngati Tama and Ngati Mutunga.  Previously the area where the building is located was harbour frontage to Te Aro Pā, one of the largest Māori communities in Wellington up until the 1880s.  The building sees the re-establishment of a Māori presence on Taranaki Wharf, notably absent on the waterfront since that time.

As noted above, the three parts to Te Raukura — the Wharewaka (waka house), Whare Tāpere (conference/events and entertainment house), and Wharekai (eating house).  The elements of the building include whakairo or carvings and modern renditions of traditional design which transform the building symbolically into a ceremonial waka (canoe) linked to the ancestor Kupe and the voyaging traditions of the Pacific peoples. Within the whare, Rongo, the god of Peace, reigns. It is in this atmosphere, under a cloak of peace, that people interact with one another and with the spirits of their ancestors (Te Marae by Hiwi and Pat Tauroa, 1986, Reed, Auckland, p. 92.)

 

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Te Raukura
Te Raukura is an important symbol to the tribes who affiliate to the Taranaki rohe. This symbol is captured in the form of a white feather, or a plume of white feathers. Te Raukura represents spiritual, physical, and communal harmony and unity. It is an acknowledgement of a higher spiritual power, which transcends itself upon earth. It is a symbol of faith, hope, and compassion for all of mankind and the environment that we live in. There are various accounts of how the Raukura feather became such a significant symbol to the people of Taranaki. Its origins tend to look within the tribal boundaries of the iwi, Taranaki, with particular reference to the marae of Parihaka. One such account refers to a gathering of people at Parihaka who witnessed an Albatross landing on one of its courtyards, dropping a single feather before departing. This feather became the Raukura, and was honoured by Tohu Kakahi and Te Whiti-o-Rongomai, two of the prophetic leaders of Parihaka, and its community. Through the distinct and honourable leadership of these two prophets, the Raukura feathers became a symbol of peaceful co-existence as a Māori nation. This appealed significantly to the iwi of Aotearoa who had become fervently oppressed and marginalised by the Crown. The Raukura feathers were a symbol of the passive resistance movement that Tohu Kakahi and Te Whiti-o-Rongomai orchestrated as a means of re-elevating the mana of the Māori people with a desire of being autonomous once again. It is stated that the Raukura feathers encompass teachings of the Bible, with particular attention to the following passage: He whaikororia ki te Atua i runga rawa Glory to God on high He maungarongo ki runga i te mata o te whenua Peace on earth He whakaaro pai ki te tangata Goodwill to all mankind (Luke 2:14) Traditionally, the Raukura was worn either as a single feather resting upon the head or in the hand of the bearer, or as a crest on the chest area of a garment. It is also worn as a plume of three feathers in the hair which capture the meaning of the above Bible passage. The Raukura is a symbol of remembrance for the deeds of the Māori ancestors who vehemently resisted the Crown via peaceful opposition. It is a symbol which continues to guide the Māori people today with wisdom and hope for a peaceful co-existence.

Te Raukura is located on Wellingtons waterfront, within close proximity to top hotel accommodation and parking and has full in-house catering and beverage services, making this the venue of choice for conferences, functions and events.