Ko Papatu te maunga
Ko Te Arai te awa
Ko Horouta te waka
Ko Ngai Tawhiri me Ngai Te Kete nga hapu
Ko Ruapani te iwi
Ko Te Aohuna te whenua
Ko te Kiko O Te Rangi te wharenui
Ko Te Ohako te wharekai
Ko Turakina te urupa
Ko te ara o Papatu ki Manutuke te wahi noho
Ko Ruapani te tangata
Ohako Marae is located along Papatu Road at Manutuke on the Aohuna A1 block. The marae belongs to Ngai Tawhiri and Ngai Te Kete and Ngati Ruapani. The wharenui is named Te Kiko O Te Rangi and the wharekai Ohako. The urupa is Turakina.
Some believe the wharekai is named ohako after a tipuna who helped to build it and also the whanau who gave koha. It is suggested that ‘Ko te koha’ reversed became Te ohako.
During World War II the hall was used as a hospital and the two side rooms were set aside for that specific purpose.
This marae reinforces the strong alliance between Ruapani and Rongowhakaata. The wharenui Te Kiko O Te Rangi commemorates the paramount chief Ruapani.
Some say that the name of the wharenui 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 is your sleeping place.
For marae bookings please contact:
Leah Hawkins - Phone: 027 7776000