Rongomaraeroa o Nga Hau e Wha
NEW ZEALAND ARMY NATIONAL MARAE
Key Founding People
Maj Gen Bruce Poananga
First Maori Chief of General Staff
Gifts the first building to serve as a Marae in Waiouru Military Camp in his role as the first Maaori Chief of General Staff
WO1 Matt Edwards
First Waiouru Marae Chariman
WO1 Matt Edwards received the first building in Waiouru Military Camp to serve as a Marae for the soldiers.
Lt Gen Anthony Birks CB, OBE
1994 Chief of General Staff
Sought confirmation and permission to build a permanent Marae for all of his soldiers and their families. He posed this question to the 28th Maaori Battalion during their Easter weekend reunion in 1994
Sir Charles Bennett DSO PMN
28th Maaori Battalion
Confirms to Lt Gen Birks to build a Marae for the New Zealand Army, and gifts the name 'Ngaati Tuumatauenga' as the Te Reo Maaori name for the New Zealand Army.
At the opening of the wharenui
Te Whare Tuu Taua a Tuumatauenga on 21 October 1995, Ngaati Tuumatauenga was officially recognised as an Iwi with Iwi status.
WO1 Des Ratima
One of the 'Tight Five'
Served as one of the five founding Leaders and Founding Fathers who helped plan the move of the Wharenui in 1994, and the establishment of Rongomaraeroa o Nga Hau e Wha Marae.
And a special mention to
WO1 Matua Des Ratima
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