Hui in 1999 to close the old marae site and open the new one.

E korero ana kaumatua Dave Henare mo te whenua tawhito me te whenua hou ki a tuai
te marae hou. The old site was closed by Father Tony Brown and Apotoro Archie More, 
Hui, May 2003

Hui, May 2003: Gifting of taonga to the Lesley family by kaumatua Dave Henare, acknowledging their generosity in donating the land for the new marae.

Mayors Yvonne Sharp and John Law in discussion with Allan Brooker at the project launch hui, Oct. 2005.
Manuhiri looking at the project plans, Oct. 2005.
Kuia Iwa Elka leads the manuhiri on the project launch opening day, Oct 2005. Kaumatua Dave Henare welcoming visitors onto Mangatowai, Oct. 2005.
Project Launch hui: John Henare reads out the karakia composed in May 2003 for the gifting day hui. Share this by clicking here. Stewart Leslie and son, Joe and kaumatua Taipari Heta, Oct. 2005
Mayor Sharp at the project launch hui.
Kaumatua Dave Henare outlines the vision of the project at the hui. Mayor Yvonne Sharp at the project launch hui, Oct. 2005.
Terry Fitzgibbon outlines the broader aims of the project at the hui. Angela Grizinic discusses the draft concepts of the marae structures at the project launch hui.
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