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Maori and Whakarewarewa Village

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Maori and Whakarewarewa Village

I'm interested in going to Rotura mainly because the Maori culture seems interesting. What are recommended activities in Rotura with relation to the Maori culture (not lectures and not museums). I would like to meet them and see their way of life if possible? Also let me know if you have been to the Whakarewarewa Village. Can I go there without a tour?

Thank you!

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11. Re: Maori and Whakarewarewa Village

Ladies your superior knowledge on Rotorua can help out this Wellingtonian. ( I will deny in any future ravings that I ever said this). Isnt Ohinemutu Village the home patch of the late Sir Howard Morrisson and wasnt his funeral held there on the marae and concluded in the Church before he left for the cemetary.

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12. Re: Maori and Whakarewarewa Village

You are correct Bean and what a service it was too! I won't go into the superior aspects.

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There are some Morrisons in the funeral crypts in front of the church but I didn't see Sir Howards(although I had to leave before the search was concluded, husbands! *rolls her eyes*) Val do you know if his crypt is there? And for those that are unaware the crypts are all above ground because of the geothermal activity underneath.

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Zappers, Howie if I remember is buried at Ngongotaha Ceremony.

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Yes I think you're right Bean, that rings a bell. And I bet it was a ceremony at the cemetery! :)

Edited: 7:19 pm, June 22, 2010
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They stopped the live telecast as the cortege left Ohinimutu. He was quite a Kiwi Icon. RIP

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The cemetery is the Kauae Cemetery on the slopes of Mt Ngongotaha.

He certainly gave enjoyment to many with his music.

Explora061 you might enjoy listening to some of Sir Howard Morrison's music. There are some good CDs available. His songs such as "My Old Man's an All Black" were very popular on the hit parades of the 1960's.

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18. Re: Maori and Whakarewarewa Village

Whaka is the real deal ... Te Puia is fine, but too much Disneyland going on there, kind of makes it feel too touristy. At Whaka, its more personal and meaningful.

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