24 Jun 2011

Replica Maori village opens at weekend

9:44 pm on 24 June 2011

Te Uri o Hau opens its replica 17th century Maori village at Te Hana on Saturday.

Te Hana Community Development Charitable Trust chair Thomas de Thierry says building Te Ao Marama village has transformed the small, predominantly Maori, community just north of Wellsford.

The marae will offer a cultural tourism experience, as well as being available for education groups.

Mr de Thierry says the knowledge and skills of kaumatua from the 14 marae around Kaipara went into the design.