Mangamuka Marae memorials

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The carved meeting house (whare nui), Ngāpuhi, at Mangamukua Marae was built between 1943 and 1948 and opened on Anzac Day 1948. It was dedicated to the memory of all New Zealand servicemen, both Māori and Pakeha, of both world wars.

A brass plaque set into the base of the nearby flagstaff bears the following text:-

I WHAKAARAHIA TENIE WHARE / WHAKAIRO ME / TENEI WHARE KAI / ME TENIE POU KARA. / HEI WHAKAMAHARATANGA / KINGA HOIA MAORI PAKEHA / O NGA PAKANGA / 1914-18 -1939-45. / THIS CARVED MEETING / HOUSE, DINING HALL AND / FLAGSTAFF, WERE ERECTED / TO THE MEMORY OF ALL N.Z./ SERVICEMEN, MAORI AND / PAKEHA / OF BOTH WARS / 1914-18 – 1939-45.

Similar plaques on either side of the flagstaff are dedicated to the memory of local kaumatua Nopera Otene (1884-1948) and New Zealand statesman Peter Fraser (Prime Minister 1940-1949 and Minister of Maori Affairs 1946-1949).

A roll of honour listing men from the marae who had served in the First World War, Second World War, J Force (Japan), K Force (Korea), M Force (Malaya) and V Force (Vietnam) was unveiled in front of the wharenui on Anzac Day 2008. This has a total of 143 names. The following dedicatory plaque was also unveiled:

HE RANGI MAUNGA / TU TE AO TU TE PO / HE RANGI TANGATA / KA HEKE KA NGARO / HE TOHU / WHAKAMAHARATANGA / MO TE / WHARENUI / NGAPUHI / MANGAMUKA MARAE / 25.4.1948 – 25.4.2008.

See: ‘Mangamuka Meeting House Nears Completion’, Northern Advocate, 31/3/1947, p. 3; John Wilson, ‘The Pride of Ngapuhi’, New Zealand Historic Places, no. 44, November 1993, pp. 37-40; Roger Neich, Carved Histories, Auckland, 2001, p. 346.

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