Nau mai, haere mai – Welcome to Papawai Marae


Ngati moe, kiri kohatu
Engage with Papawai

Papawai marae is home to the people of Ngati Moe and the former Maori Parliament. Here you will discover a rich cultural, political and social history of the Wairarapa and New Zealand.

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A variety of learning resources are available - including tours and activities that provide a background into one of New Zealand’s most important marae.


Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takimano – My strength is not individual but comes from thousands. The marae and its whanau are a treasure – link with whanau and friends of Papawai.

  • 20/07/15: There's always something happening at Papawai. Mau Rakau (traditional Maori martial arts), reo courses, history and story telling, artists, gardeners, whanau and community events and volunteers. It's an active village! Check us out on Facebook to find out more More
  • 08/03/13: 9 March 2013 8am - KOTAHITANGA WORKING BEE WITH OUR MORMON WHANAU AND FRIENDS Whanau many hands make light work! Be there by 8am to work alongside our whanau and friends from the Mormon faith who’ve volunteered their Saturday morning to help us out. Bring whatever tools you have for outdoor clean up, also rags, brooms, buckets, clippers, secateurs, muscle More
  • 14/01/13: WEEKLY WAIATA TAWHITO SESSIONS The Papawai Marae Trustees Committee is running free weekly waiata tawhito training sessions. The sessions are designed to enable you to be able to support a whaikorero.When & where? More
  • 12/01/13: NEW PAPAWAI MARAE COMMITTEE Papawai Marae has a new committee of trustees who were elected at a well attended special general meeting held on Sunday 2nd December. "The trustees would like to acknowledge the work of the outgoing committee who have been pivotal in the Papawai stream restoration, ensured marae facilities continue to able to host guests, and who led the recent celebration of the Maori Parliament at Papawai,” said newly elected Papawai Marae chairman, Paora Ammunson. “We are committed to a deeper engagement with our marae whanau as well as our wider Greyt More
  • 07/12/11: Perseverance and passion pay off for recently named Black Fern from Papawai, Shakira Baker. More