Navy Marae 10 years young

15 April 2010
Te Taua Moana Marae has been standing proudly for 10 years on the foreshore of Ngataringa Bay, and the Navy will celebrate its anniversary this weekend.

Te Taua Marae was officially opened on 15 April 2000. Since then the Marae has established its own identity and has become a focal point of the Navy where on both official and non-official occasions, visitors are welcomed, loved ones are farewelled and milestones are celebrated.

The anniversary celebrations are as follows:

Where:  Te Taua Moana Marae, Jim Titchener Drive, Devonport
When:  16 – 18 April 2010


16 April 2010
3pm Powhiri
5pm History of Te Taua Moana Marae

17 April 2010
9am Powhiri and Kawe Mate
Midday Hui Heramana Kapahaka performances
12.30pm Navy Band concert
1pm Hui Heramana Kapahaka performances continue
3.15pm Grand Finale – combined group Waiata and Navy Haka

18 April 2010
10am Church service
11am Mihi Whakamutunga


In the mid 1990’s two buildings were placed on the site at Ngataringa Bay. They were to welcome the Wharenui-Whetu Moana and the Wharekai-hinemoana of Te Taua Moana. They are the symbols of commitment from the RNZN to the Maori culture. The opening day celebrations in April 2000 were a culmination of 40 years of planning and passion by three generations of sailors and their whanau.

Te Taua Moana is located on the foreshore of Ngataringa bay foreshore following the tradition of facing east to welcome the sunrise and looking out to the sacred land marks of the area. 

Te Taua Moana was officially opened by the late Maori Queen Dame Te Arikinui Te Atairangikahu, OBE, ONZ, DBE. Celebrations were held over two very emotional and sometimes challenging days.  Included in the programme was a mass haka, church service and formal receptions. The opening of Te Taua Moana was another step in the journey of Iwi Heremana and the Navy.

The Navy’s own haka, Te Tuma Herenga Waka, talks of the three core Values of Commitment, Courage and Comradeship that bind the Navy together. It was first publicly performed in December 2008 as part of the graduation parade for the Junior Ratings and Officers on completion of their Basic Training courses.

Te Tuma Herenga Waka is able to be performed by males and females, as together they serve, it tells of the Navy’s Core values and celebrates the people of the Navy.


Values of courage, commitment, integrity and comradeship are the foundation upon which the New Zealand Defence Force is built.

Media are invited to attend the celebrations. For further information, please contact Lieutenant Sarah Campbell, Senior Media Adviser, 021 244 0638

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