Tūrangawaewae – a place to stand – Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Tūrangawaewae.

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Tūrangawaewae in the Video tab.

Tūrangawaewae marae at Ngāruawāhia is the seat of the Māori King movement, which developed in the 1850s to unify Māori and protect their land. Tūrangawaewae – literally ‘a place to stand’ – was built in the 1920s under the direction of Te Puea Hērangi, granddaughter of the second Māori king.

The Māori King movement
Waikato tribes
Waikato places: Ngāruawāhia
Te Kirihaehae Te Puea Hērangi

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number TX 3348).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit http://www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/ 

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