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Aroha mai - Sorry our site is currently Under Construction.

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Introduction to Te Aitarakihi

Te Aitarakihi Society Incorporated (“Te Aitarakihi”) works as the governing body for Te Aitarakihi Marae-a-Iwi (Multicultural Centre) at 50 Bridge Road, Smithfield, Timaru.

The Centre operates through a Māori lens by upholding Māori values and using Māori protocols and has the vision to uplift, promote and advocate within te ao Māori. To achieve this, the Te Aitarakihi continues to break down social barriers by creating a greater understanding of te ao Māori. We know that this comes in the form of education and exposure in a safe environment for both our whānau and the wider community.

Latest news and upcoming events

The Te Aitarakihi Society Inc. board are just about to sign an MOU with Ara Institute of Canterbury Ltd giving them the mandate to deliver a range of Te reo courses at Te Aitarakihi. There will be a public announcement when this agreement is signed and we have confirmed Te reo class start dates and times.

One of the next major events will be the celebration of Matariki scheduled for Friday 14 July, 2023

Image slider showcasing different parts of the Marae

Images of the buildings and thier associated services that we now have onsite at Te Aitarakihi. These include; whare nut and whare kai with kitchen facilities, toilets and showers. Community Connectors whare, Whanau Mahi whare, Arowhenua Whanau Services Health Centre whare, He Manu Hou, early childcare centre, administration areas, hang pit, and mara kai areas.

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