Face on view of the Nuku Tewhatewha Marae.

Nuku Tewhatewha

This pātaka whakairo (carved storehouse) is one of the Hutt Valley’s greatest treasures.

Commissioned by Wiremu Tako Ngātata and built in 1856 under the guidance of Ngāti Tūwharetoa carver Te Heuheu Tukino IV (Horonuku), it is one of several buildings created in support of the Māori king movement—and is the only one that survives intact.