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Te Marae o Hine, The Square, is the heart of Palmy.

Te Marae o Hine (Courtyard of the Daughter of Peace), a name gifted from Matene Te Whiwhi to Hoani Meihana and Te Peeti Te Awe Awe for the land that had been set aside by the town's Burrow (the council or local government) of the time.

John Tiffin Stewart, the surveyor of the time, wanted to build the city around this base of land in a similar style to town squares overseas. It looked familiar to him as a Pā (Māori village) and therefore engaged with local Iwi and Chief of the time to see how they may collaborate. This was seen as a great opportunity to ensure that Māori would always have a place within this new town centre.

Starting from the corner of Church Street and The Square, enter through the waharoa (entranceway) named Ngā Huruhuru Rangatira. Designed by master artist, Bob Jahnke, the waharoa frames up the statue of local Rangatira Te Peeti Te Awe Awe through its feather arch.

Nga Huruhuru Rangatira, The Square ManawatuNZ-medium
Butterfly Pond in The Square credit www-medium

Make your way to the Marae ātea (courtyard), passing the clock tower named Kerei Te Panau which means ‘hearing his voice through the chimes of the bells’. Your journey will lead you to the realm of Te Rongorito and her mother, where Rangitāne and his two grandmothers oversee those who walk across the whenua (land).

Nau mai e te whānau ki runga te marae ātea o Te Marae o Hine (welcome to the courtyard of Te Marae o Hine).

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