During the Second World War the hall was used as a hospital and two side rooms were set aside for that specific purpose.
This marae reinforces the strong alliance between Ruapani and Rongowhakaata. The wharepuni Te Kiko o te Rangi commemorates the paramount chief Ruapani. Some say that the name of the wharepuni originated from a chief who stayed overnight in a whare not far from the present marae which was too small to accommodate everyone. Therefore, he slept outside and looked up to the ceiling and could only see the stars in the sky, thus the name Te Kiko o te Rangi. Translated it means “under the stars of the open sky, that’s your sleeping place”.