20 Mar 2009

Anniversary of meeting house at Turangawaewae

8:31 am on 20 March 2009

King Tuheitia and other Tainui leaders gathered at Turangawaewae this week to celebrate the 80th year since the opening of Mahinaarangi.

The meeting house was built by Princess Te Puea as a hospital.

Waatea News reports it was converted into a welcoming room for distinguished guests of the Kingitanga after it failed to meet health specifications.

The celebrations include an exhibition until Saturday of photographs taken by Ans Westera at Turangawaewae in the early 1960s.