Ngati Tumatauenga

Ngāti Tūmatauenga is the official Māori name of the New Zealand Army. Tūmatauenga is the Māori god of war and Ngāti translates to Tribe. The name Ngāti Tūmatauenga was afforded to the NZ Army by Sir Charles Bennett, DSO the last Commanding Officer of the 28 Māori Battalion. He also officially opened the NZ Army National Marae on 21 October 1995.
The New Zealand Army's Ngāti Tūmatauenga culture blends the customs and traditions of both our major cultures, the European and the Māori, to create something that is not only unique but is relevant to the Way of the Warrior culture and the demands of future years.

New Zealand Army National Marae with Mount Ruapehu super imposed in the background
New Zealand Army National Marae with Mount Ruapehu super imposed in the background.

New Zealand Army National Marae

Rongomaraeroa o ngā hau e whā is the official Māori name for the New Zealand Army National Marae situated in Waiouru and sits in the Rohe of Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Rangi and Mōkai Pātea.

Pāeke is the Kawa used for Whaikōrero when conducting Powhiri on this Marae. Waiouru is considered as the home of the New Zealand Soldier – Te papa kāinga o ngā hoia o Ngāti Tūmatauenga.


NZ Army Pepeha

Ko Ruapehu te maunga: Ruapehu is the Mountain
Ko Hautapu te awa: Hautapu is the River
Ko Rongomaraeroa o ngā hau e whā te Marae: The NZ Army National Marae
Ko te Whare tu taua a Tūmatauenga te wharenui: Our Wharenui – Sacred house
Tihei mauri ora!


Cultural education

Our Marae provides an environment for learning our unique history, Kawa and Tikanga (customs and traditions).

Our Marae staff teach Cultural practises based on Ngāti Tūmatauenga, including our relationship with local Iwi, sacred areas within the vast training area, Performing Arts, Mau Taiaha, Kai Karanga and Te Reo Māori Wānanga.

Our Marae is a place where we can connect spiritually and join together as one entity, Ngāti Tūmatauenga.

Each Military Camp has a Māori Cultural Advisor and a Cultural Centre. We are a multi-cultural organisation that enhances our unique Warrior Culture.


This page was last amended on 20 March 2020