Exciting time for the whanau of Te Poho o Rawiri

Marae is a step closer to its new wharekai.

Marae is a step closer to its new wharekai.

Three large sections of beams were lifted by crane at Te Poho o Rawiri Marae this morning. Picture by Paul Rickard

Te Poho o Rawiri Marae is a step closer to its new wharekai (dining hall), with the roof beams raised this morning.

Three large sections of beams were lifted by crane. It is an exciting time for the whanau of Te Poho o Rawiri, who have been without their wharekai Te Poho o Hine i Tuhia for almost three years.

The construction process was live-streamed on to the marae Facebook page to keep people informed of all of the latest updates on the rebuild.

The wharekai is just one part of the marae redevelopment project, scheduled to be completed later this year. A new kitchen, ablutions and toilet block, and a retaining wall are included.

The covered area, named Papawhariki, between the wharenui (meeting house) and the wharekai is also being redeveloped.

Work inside the wharenui includes the restoration of its whakairo (carvings) and tukutuku (traditional woven panels).

Te Poho o Rawiri Marae is a step closer to its new wharekai (dining hall), with the roof beams raised this morning.

Three large sections of beams were lifted by crane. It is an exciting time for the whanau of Te Poho o Rawiri, who have been without their wharekai Te Poho o Hine i Tuhia for almost three years.

The construction process was live-streamed on to the marae Facebook page to keep people informed of all of the latest updates on the rebuild.

The wharekai is just one part of the marae redevelopment project, scheduled to be completed later this year. A new kitchen, ablutions and toilet block, and a retaining wall are included.

The covered area, named Papawhariki, between the wharenui (meeting house) and the wharekai is also being redeveloped.

Work inside the wharenui includes the restoration of its whakairo (carvings) and tukutuku (traditional woven panels).

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