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Restoration plans underway for Raetihi Temepara

Restoration plans underway for Raetihi Temepara

If you are heading into Raetihi from the bustling ski town of Ohakune - then its hard to miss the Church Temple on a small hilltop. This Ratana Church is one of six temples in the Central North Island and the Far North, all replicas of the Temepara at Ratana Pa - in Whanganui. But the temple in Raetihi needs some urgent repair and renovation work not a simple task given the heritage of the building and its meaning to local iwi, hapu and Morehu or followers of the Ratana Faith. Te Ahi Kaa producer Justine Murray is in Raetihi and meets Te Awhina Arahanga and a team of Auckland based Architects who discuss the restoration project.