Kororareka Marae represents the people of the Russell Peninsula and beyond who have family and historic connections to this rohe. We hold kaitiakitanga for the Kororareka Russell peninsula with support from hapu in Taumarere and wider Ngapuhi Nui Tonu. The tangata whenua of our town whakapapa to several hapu and iwi of the area – Ngare Raumati, Ngati Manu, Ngati Kuta, Patukeha, Te Kapotai, Ngati Hine, and Nga Puhi to name a few. Our marae is also nga hau e wha so connects and works with the wider community of Kororareka Russell.
Haratu – the whare mahi of Kororareka Marae is Russell’s community marae.
Built on and upholding tikanga maori principles, the kaupapa of our whare is nga hau e wha – and welcomes all our community from wherever they hail. This recognises Kororareka Russell’s history as a place where tangata whenua and pakeha have lived side by side for 200 years.
Haratu is named in honour of Rewa whose kainga was on the very same whenua on the Russell waterfront where our whare now stands. His whare then was named Haratu – this was bestowed on the modern day building . It is now the home of the Kororareka Marae Society a charitable organisation committed to supporting local Maori wellbeing.
Formerly the home of the Department of Conservation, the building provides a Maori cultural presence for the community.