Our Marae is the ancestral home of the East Coast hapu of Te Whanau a Hinerupe and Te Whanau a Tuwhakairiora. With its root seeped in culture and community, our Marae is our Tūrangawaewae – a place to stand where we feel strong and at home.
We welcome guests from far and wide to immerse themselves into Māori culture and history, at the first place in the world to see the sunrise.
Ko Whetumatarau te maunga – Whetumatarau is the mountain.
Ko Awatere te awa – Awatere is the river.
Ko Hinerupe te marae
Ko Te Whanau a Hinerupe te hapū – Hinerupe is the subtribe
Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi. – Ngāti Porou is the tribe.
Our homeland stretches across the most easterly region of the North Island and runs north along the coast from Te Toka-a-Taiau at Gisborne, to Pōtikirua, inland from Hicks Bay.
Mt Hikurangi is the tribal mountain, and the most important river is Waiapu, an ancient name also found on the Pacific island of Tahiti. Our name is derived from our ancestor Porourangi, whose descendants were great warriors who established our tribe’s territories in the East Coast and Gisborne regions.