Napier, Hawkes Bay, Marae Venue
This is a lovely urban marae, very peaceful, tucked away behind houses in a suburban street not visible from the road, with a long history and a welcoming atmosphere.
The wharenui is the meeting room on the marae, perfect for a gathering or workshop and can either be used as an open space or we can provide tables and chairs. In addition to this main room, there is a large kitchen and dining room in a separate building included in the rental. Tea, coffee and white board equipment available. There is a large lawn for break-out space and relaxation.
If you are unsure of the protocol on a marae we are happy to explain this to you.
As an addition, we can offer a Powhiri (formal welcome) to you and your guests to get your occasion off to a good start and we can tell you the story of the marae, the carvings and the weaving that decorate the whare. Accommodation can be arranged on the marae.
Guests are expected to leave the marae in the condition found and abide by our general rules, a copy of which is available on request.
- Bond/Deposit Required
- Full kitchen
- Onsite parking
- Tables & chairs included
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Beautifully preserved 1930s architecture is Napier’s special point of difference.
A national disaster resulted in Napier becoming one of the purest Art Deco cities in the world. On the morning of February 3rd 1931 a massive earthquake – 7.9 on the Richter scale – rocked Hawke’s Bay for more than three minutes. Nearly 260 lives were lost and the vast majority of buildings in the commercial centre of Napier were destroyed, either by the quake itself or the fires that followed.
Rebuilding began almost immediately, and much of it was completed in two years. New buildings reflected the architectural styles of the times – Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission and Art Deco. Local architect Louis Hay, an admirer of the great Frank Lloyd Wright, had his chance to shine. Maori motifs were employed to give the city a unique New Zealand character – for example, the ASB bank on the corner of Hastings and Emerson Streets features Maori koru and zigzags.
Napier is one of Hawke’s Bay’s “twin cities” and has a great range of accommodation and activities.