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Marae History

Takutai o Te Tītī Marae – History

1990
Colac Bay School closes
 
1993
Declared surplus to Ministry of Education
requirements.

Unsuccessful in locating property in Riverton
to develop a marae, Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka
applies to ‘utilise’ the ‘old school’.

At our request, the Surplus Lands Komiti of
the Ngāi Tahu Māori Trust Board negotiates
a Head Lease with the Crown, with a Mirror
Lease to the rūnaka as kaitiaki

Marae
1996
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The Crown formally release the
property for sale and Ōraka Aparima
purchases – at full market rate (considered
a rather inflated price in comparison to
similar properties at the time)… but it is
ours!

Consists of: one open-plan classroom, one
tiny passage with sink and zip, old toilets,
play/storage sheds, tennis court and field,
play tower and what would become the
caretakers residence. Most needed TLC but
the mahi of developing our marae forges
ahead.

1996
Additions and Improvements

  • New kitchen and wharekai
  • Ablution block
  • Painting, floor-coverings etc
  • Decking
  • Covered entrance to wharenui
  • Naming of marae complex
Takiwa
2004 / 2009
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  • New larger ablutions and laundry
  • Gas heating
  • Reroof wharehui (Te Whare Moana), the
    open-plan classroom
  • Additional kai preparartion/cooking area
  • Work on kōwhaiwhai and tukutuku panels
    begins
  • Outside areas transformed
  • ‘Timata’ the native plants
    nursery established
  • Ongoing improvements
    continue
Takutai o Te Tītī
Meaning the seacoast or coastline of the Tītī,
the name celebates our Tītī (muttonbirds)
returning each year to our shores. Their arrival
healds the comming Tītī season.

Shortly after the marae complex was given its
name research identified that Foreshore Road,
which runs along the front of the marae, was
once called ‘Takutai Terrace’!

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