Mataatua: The House That Came Home

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Mataatua: The House That Came Home

Mataatua: The House That Came Home
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After more than 130 years away, Mataatua Wharenui - New Zealand's only repatriated and most travelled Maori meeting house - stands once again as the unifying soul of the Ngati Awa (one of the Maori tribes of the Bay of Plenty) New Zealand. Built in 1875, it travelled to Sydney, Melbourne, Victoria & Albert Museum and South Kensington Museum (London), Dunedin and Otago (South Island) before being rebuilt back in its place of origin, Whakatane, in 2011. Your journey at Mataatua (The Face of God) will Ignite the Soul within, as you discover the extraordinary story of the house that has travelled through time. Mataatua is a living and breathing being and our experience provides an opportunity for intimate engagement with the people of Ngati Awa. Be enthralled as the carvings and legends of Ngati Awa are brought to life through world-class digital technology. A spine tingling experience, HIKO; Legends Carved in Light, is the 2011 GOLD Nga Aho award winner from the New Zealand Designers Institute.
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Bob H
Preston, UK157 contributions
Jan 2020
Not knowing what to expect we turned up and had a look, having just missed the 10.00am guided tour we returned for the 12.00 midday one.
Fantastic experience and great guide the carvings are astounding and the light show fantastic - would recommend as worth taking the time - we even got Tea, Brownies and traditional Fried Bread at the end.
Written 4 February 2020
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Kia ora 502Bob_H! Thanks so much for taking time to let us know how much you enjoyed the experience! I'm sure our ancestors who etched their stories into those carvings in the 1870s will be pleased to hear how much their works amazed you! Ngā mihi mahana Te whānau @ Mataatua
Written 9 March 2020
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Mayana D
Auckland, New Zealand129 contributions
Dec 2019
this is a very sacred whare, only took photos from the outside, as you will need to be escorted onto the premises, most likely a powhiri, Great to see the Ngati awa tangata have got their whare back, Very special to see this in Whakatane
Written 5 January 2020
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Kia ora Mayana D, Tēnā koe i wāu nā mihi mai ki a mātou o Ngāti Awa. Thanks for your kind words. We're so fortunate to have Mataatua back and we're grateful for the many hours successive leaders of our iwi tirelessly and selflessly dedicated to the fight to have the house of our ancestors returned. E kore e mimiti te puna mihi kia rātou! Thanks again for your warm compliments and we hope to one day host you at Mataatua if you ever return to Whakatāne. Ngā mihi mahana Te Whānau @ Mataatua
Written 9 March 2020
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Carryonupthekhyber
Martinborough, New Zealand29 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Recommended. Well organized and presented, with the best sound and light show we have seen. A good way to gain a little insight into Maori history and culture.
Written 10 November 2019
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Kia ora Carryonupthekhyber, Thanks for your kind words and compliments, we're glad you enjoyed your time with us. We're very proud of Hiko: Legends Carved in Light, the Mataatua digital spectacle, and it's great to know it's still winning fans, as it has done since day one. Thanks again and kia haumaru te hāere - travel safe! Ngā mihi mahana Te Whānau @ Mataatua
Written 9 March 2020
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kswindail
Mirrabooka, Australia1 contribution
Oct 2019
We loved our morning here. Felt so welcomed and learnt a great deal. The experience was very personal. l
Written 18 October 2019
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Tēnā koe kswindail, Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you, but we just wanted to say thank you very much for, first of all, taking the time out to visit us here at Mataatua and then posting such kind feedback. We're very grateful. Ngā mihi mahana Te Whānau @ Mataatua
Written 9 March 2020
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wetraveln0w
Montpellier, France116 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
I wasn't really excited about this activity, but we had a couple of free hours before our next scheduled activity and a lady at the tourist office highly recommended it. So glad we went. Usually, I don't enjoy "cultural" activities - they feel forced and fake. This one didn't. And the story of the meeting house is interesting, plus, you get the opportunity to observe the carvings and weavings up close. The snacks afterward and the conversation with our guide Tam were also great. Overall, a worthwhile experience. Would highly recommend it.
Written 27 July 2019
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Kia ora wetraveln0w, Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you but we just wanted to say thanks so much for the awesome feedback and that we're glad you had such a great time spending time with us! We feel very privileged to be able to share our unique culture, history and traditions with visitors from all over the world and it's nice to know our commitment to being sincere and genuine in the way we host our visitors is recognised and valued. Thanks again e hoa, and we'll be sure to pass on your compliments to Tame! Ngā mihi mahana Te Whānau @ Mataatua
Written 9 March 2020
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Darcie704
Auckland, New Zealand19 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
From the formal welcome onto the Marae to the Maori fried bread and Kawakawa tea after the light show this was a wonderful experience. The story of the meeting house removal for overseas exhibitions exposes our early colonial thinking. The story of the settlement of Whakatane told in a light show on the meeting house walls was very clever highlighting various aspects of the carvings to tell the story. Our guide was very informative and approachable. Highly recommended to fellow Kiwis. It’s not just for the tourists.
Written 3 June 2019
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Kia ora Darcie704, Sorry it has taken so long to respond to your comment and thanks so much for your kind words, especially for highlighting that Mataatua is an experience relevant to all New Zealanders. As you would have learned when you visited, Mataatua Wharenui was showcased at the most significant international exhibitions of the late 1800s and early 1900s, making it one of our country's earliest representatives! Thanks again for helping us get the word out to our fellow Kiwis! Ngā mihi mahana Te Whānau @ Mataatua
Written 9 March 2020
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MollyD1953
Busselton, Australia97 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
What a passionate and experienced crew. The young people knew their stuff and were obviously very passionate about their culture. Beautifully restored Maori meeting house. Great ‘show’ all round. Really worth the visit.
Written 19 May 2019
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Kia ora MollyD1953, Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you, but we just wanted to say thanks for your very kind feedback. We love what we do, and it makes it all the more enjoyable when our visitors take time out to let us know what a good time they had sharing in our sacred house and culture, so thanks heaps for that! Ngā mihi mahana Te Whānau @ Mataatua
Written 9 March 2020
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ColinAndChristina
Auckland Central, New Zealand67 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
We just called in one day to have a look inside and found that entry to the wharenui was at set times and as we had other commitments that day we decided to come back the following day and booked a time. Certainly very pleaseed that we did decide to return as we were very warmly welcomed by the two young adults who were to conduct the powhiri. There was one other couple who had booked for that same slot as us. Firstly we were shown a video which explained something of the history and then had the powhiri process explained. Although only for the four of us the formal welcome on to the marae and into and inside the wharenui was beautifully conducted and did not feel as just 'lip service' was being given to it. For us it was very gratifying to hear the couple visiting from the UK say how moving it was for them and how much more 'real' it felt than their other experiences of Maori culture so far in their time in NZ.
Written 22 April 2019
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ThelmaNZ
New Zealand101 contributions
Apr 2019 • Business
What an amazing experience. So wonderful and moving to hear the history of this beautiful building. Although I live in the town and know some history I didn't realize how far the building had travelled or how long it had been gone for. Definitely a must do. And the light show is a highlight
Written 15 April 2019
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Stephen E
Sydney, Australia139 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
You must do this if you wish to learn more about the Maori life and traditions and their history. Loved it.
Written 3 April 2019
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