Posted by on 30/01/2014
The Waihi Community Marae is on the lookout for kitchen utensils. The Marae complex is used for a variety of events from concerts and meetings to exercise groups and tangi. Donations of pots, pans, buckets, serving dishes and containers, in good condition - like ice cream containers, would be gratefully accepted.
Please phone 07 863 9644 if you have anything you are happy to donate.
Many community groups, families and individuals use the Waihi Community Marae which is a community Marae, meaning it is for the people of the four winds (Nga Hau e Wha). All nationalities are welcome.
Sometimes dishes, cutlery, pots and other Marae utensils are mislaid or inadvertently taken off the premises which is why the volunteers at the Marae need to put the word out to see if people can donate some of their quality used utensils that are rattling around at the back of their cupboards.
The Marae is asking anyone who has Marae property to return it to the Marae - no questions asked.
The history of the Waihi Community Marae can be traced backed to the early 1950s when a group of Maori people living in Waihi who felt there was a spiritual need began to work together to establish a Marae in the town.
The group formed a culture and performing group and began to fundraise with the intention to build a Marae one day.
The Hauraki Maori Council recognised Ngati Waihi in the 1960s and representatives from Ngati Waihi attended meetings about Maori issues in the Hauraki area.
In the early 1970s the decision to close Waihi South School got people thinking that this could be an opportunity to take the buildings and land over for a Marae. By then Ngati Waihi had a strong sporting club and a parent body, the Waihi Community Marae Committee Inc - to which Ngati Waihi would be affiliated was formed. After negotiations with the Education Board and local authorities, school buildings and two acres of land were gifted to the Waihi Community Marae Committee Inc.
One of the school buildings was soon renovated, which allowed an operational Marae to be established in a short time.
Disaster struck on Friday, 7 August 1981 when the building was destroyed by fire.
Plans for a replacement were discussed and with the support of interested people plans were drawn up to meet both the psychological and physical needs of Ngati Waihi and the community.
In consultation with architectural designers Holmes and Rautangata a new complex plan was drawn up.
Traditional in all its symbolic structure and visually correct when faced from the Marae area a hexagonal wharenui (Ngatwaihinui) with four of its walls dedicated to the Maori people of nga hau e wha, the fifth wall representative of pakeha and other cultural groups, and the sixth side for the spiritual dimension and all those who have passed on was seen as a unique and special place for the whanau of Ngati Waihi.