Manutuke Marae is situated on the Manutuke 1, C, E4 blocks and represents the hapu Ngati Kaipoho and Ngai Te Aweawe and came into being as wished by the great Chief Raharuhi Rukupo,
‘He exhorted them to repair the church, and to locate themselves in its vicinity; and he charged them to keep clear of debts, and to hold their lands — not to sell. He was buried on the 2nd of October by me, Mohi Turei (i.e., he officiated as minister), by the side of the church.’ 21st September, 1874
By 1913 Otene Pitau, the whangai of Rukupo had led the completion of the 4th Toko Toru Tapu Church and then initiated the relocation also from nearby Umukapua, Epeha the wharenui of Ngai Aweawe and from Pakirikiri Marae – Te Poho o Rukupo and Te Poho o Hinehou of Ngati Kaipoho.
The following whakatauaki applies to Manutuke Marae:
Toia nga waewae o to tamahine, Kia tau ai te haere i nga parae o Manutuke-
Fashion well your daughter’s legs that she may look sprightly on Manutuke field.
Te Poho o Rukupo is one of the oldest meeting houses in Turanga, built in his honour by younger brother Pera Tawhiti, completed in 1878 four years after his passing. Many whanau were involved in moving the wharenui by oxen and logs in the 1913 period.
On return of those soldiers who served in WW11 hui were held to respect and recognise those lives lost by the renaming of the dining room Te Poho o Hinehou to Maori Battalion, thus becoming the focal Rongowhakaata ANZAC day kaupapa for Rongowhakaata.
Later in the mid 1970’s restoration works for a number of years involving many people, were led by Cliff Whiting at Manutuke Marae transforming Te Poho o Rukupo back to its original form he ‘taonga tuku iho’ and initiating the conservation, restoration works on many marae for continuing generations.