Our Wharehui (Tumanako)
Over 100 years ago Tumanako (hope) was built. Tipuna Hori Whiu, and with the help of his brother Wiremu Te Korohu as master carpenter, felled kauri trees for the project. TeRiwhi Te Haara-Oti Tarawa and other locals gathered to drag the logs with bullock teams, they then pit saw the logs in the drain next to the building site on the marae (this was back breaking work). During the 1950s remnants of the feet to the pit frame were found right there in the drain. When your next at the marae have a look at the handcrafted timbers that still show the old saw marks from that time. In those days kai was served under a nikau kauta, it was re-leafed whenever the need arose.Our WharekaiWharekai
- It was during work in the 1950s when remnants of the feet to the pit frame were uncovered right there in the drain.
In 1953 Matau (uncle Pat whiu) undertook to build a permanent Wharekai with help from his brothers, Tom, Arther, Taka kopa Chookie Matene, and us kids in the way. More timber was felled at the back of Teiringa. This was taken and milled in Wharepunga, below the Johnsons farm. Milling back then was done by a belt drive connected to a tractor setup. On completion after more back breaking work we had a new wharekai. Also around this time re-piling was done to repair some of the flooring to tumanako (us kids in the way again).
Around 1958 the next project undertaken was the construction of the Bell memorial in memory of our grandparents Wiremu Te Korohu and Elizabeth Jane.
Come the late 1960s
The untreated timbers to the wharekai had to be replaced and an extension was also undertaken. Over the next few years the Auckland whanau did some fundraising with dances at the scout hall in Homai. Many whanau members gave their time to the construction. Dick Thompson, Bunty Whiu, Selwyn Whiu, Pei, Rui Te Haara, and many others helped Uncle Pat and uncle Tom with this work. Various whanau members from Auckland would head home to get in the way on some of the working bee weekends. A flush toilet and shower block behind the wharehui was also completed. By the mid to late 1970s all was done.
40 years on
We now see our beloved marae call for our help once again. We may turn our heads looking for the old helpers, but most are gone. You can try pointing at someone else but you will see one finger pointing away and three fingers pointing back. You are the marae, I am the marae, We are the marae.Tumanako means Hope, which opens the door. It is now your turn to walk with us in our exciting new building project. Tumanako needs your help.
To our Whanau. My humble apologies for not including the names of many of you who helped with the mahi but there were bound to be some that I didn't know had worked in that time. I also know that you would tautoko the old people that I have mentioned.