Haratu is the Whare of the Kororareka Marae Society, an incorporated charitable society with a goal to operate a mult-tribal marae in the historic township of Russell. Formerly the home of the Department of Conservation, the building provides a Maori cultural presence for the community.
Opened on 11th December 2009, the premises offer:
- retail presence, featuring Maori arts and craft
- venue hire for small groups and conferences
- a venue for educational purposes focusing on tikanga Maori
- administration facilities for the Kororareka Marae