Thursday July 6, 2017
Maori stalwart buried at Tapu Te Ranga Marae An Island Bay community stalwart has been granted his final wish to be buried at Tapu Te Ranga Marae. Bruce Stewart, founder of Tapu Te Ranga Marae Island Bay died last Wednesday aged 80, surrounded by his family. The family said in a statement they were both sad he was no longer with them and relieved he was now at peace. They said Bruce’s last wish was to be buried on the land, which he developed for over 40 years at Tapu Te Ranga Marae. “The Marae would eventually go through a process to develop an urupa [burial ground], which would take some time. “For the meantime, the Stewart whanau engaged with the Ministry of Health to apply under urgency for burial in a ‘special place’ under ‘exceptional circumstances’ in a provision of the Burial and Cremation Act 1964.” The Ministry of Health granted the application last Thursday. Officers of Regional Public Health and Wellington City Council approved the proposed burial site yesterday afternoon, followed by the Mayor’s sign-off. “The Stewart whanau are grateful for the support we have received throughout this process and relieved that we can fulfil Matua Bruce’s wish to be buried on his whenua [land], where his journey will end.” Tapu Te Ranga Marae has a heritage listing in the Wellington District Plan as a noteworthy site of high significance.
Repair Cafe The next Newtown Tool Library Repair Café will be taking place on Saturday, July 8. There would be a selection of skilled volunteers on hand to help and show locals how to mend, repair, improve, fix, tune, glue or re-wire your loved item to avoid throwing things away.
The cafe would take place between 11am and 2pm at the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre, Corner of Rintoul and Colombo Streets. Items to bring include, but are not limited to, clothing, jewellery, electrical, kitchenware, toys, furniture and musical instruments.
Marsden Scholarships For entry into Years 11 and 12 in 2018 Bruce Stewart would be buried at Tapu Te Ranga Marae. PHOTO: Supplied
Bruce embarked on his vision of building an urban Marae in 1974, with “just $25 and a dream”. The Marae has delivered social services and work cooperatives for Maori who were moving out of the provinces and into the cities, including the homeless, unemployed and gang members. Today, the Marae serves the
community as an active hub for learning, sharing and health. Bruce had been known as saying, “The Marae is my home...it is my place of work. The Marae is my kindergarten right through to my university...it is my museum... my church...my art gallery. It is where I was born and where I will be buried.”
Marsden School Year 11 and 12 Scholarships, for entry in 2018, are now open for external candidates interested in a leading education and able to demonstrate academic, cultural or sporting excellence. Applications and details online marsden.school.nz
Cook Strait News 06-07-17