The current facilities of Pikitū marae are:

  • the Whare Tupuna – Huri (c1885): fully restored in 2018 with a rear emergency door, extensive lighting both inside and out, exceptional rimu flooring, fully insulated throughout, simple heating fans to remove the initial chill of the morning, emergency lighting as well as exit signage that is checked monthly by fire safety consultant including fire extinguisher, scatter carpets to protect the flooring as well as for placing mattresses on when required.

  • Akamōrunga (2001): wharekai (kitchen, dining room) erected by whānau with financial assistance from Trust Waikato, Māngaorua Land Trust, Te Raparahi Land Trust, and Lottery NZ.  The wharekai has been specifically designed using the laser-lock system with practicality and simplicity in mind. Cooking facilities consist of gas appliances of 6 ring cooker and large oven plus a separate 3 gas ring section, 2 electric wall ovens with a 40-litre wall zip for hot water. Stainless steel workbenches allow for use from both sides with two separate ones against side walls enabling food and/or dishwashing to occur. All total there are 4 extra deep wash sinks and one domestic giving ample space for large functions to be managed with ease. It is well equipped with all appropriate utensils and has large, full- length, double-door cupboards for storage of crockery, glasses, bowls etc. Stackable tables (some folding), 100 plastic and some padded chairs with wooden forms for extra seating (stored in container) when required compliment the dining area. The need for an upgrade of some of the kitchen facilities has been identified and will be addressed in the near future.

  • Ahiroa (2004): a large, fully carpeted wharemoe (sleepout) with currently 4 single divan beds for those unable to get down to floor level, storage cupboards for linen, pillows, and marae equipment.  Constructed in the same weatherboard as the wharekai, Ahiroa is fully carpeted with floor-to-ceiling cupboard storage for mattresses  (stored in container at the back of Huri (northen side), linen, pillows and ngā kākahu tawhito (traditional cloaks) as well as other domestic equipment.

  • Kauta or traditional cookout: heritage building only with a compact dirt floor and smokestack fireplace. Today this is used by the men only when they put the hangi down next to it. It is of unique construction and pre-1900 as the timber wall slabs are pit sawn. Not for general use.

  • 3 pātaka: heritage buildings with limited use only. One was restored in 2011 and sited next to Huri. Retrieved from Matiti Marae a derelict 1930’s whare not far from Pikitū and rebuilt on 4 round poles using weatherboard remnants from one of two original hotels in the Te Wāotu district. This hotel was well utilised in the 1880s and overlooked the first Native School at Te Waotū in the Pātetere District – now known as Te Kaokaoroa o Pātetere.  Located on a hillock and subsequently called Hēterī after the ‘sentry’ who acted as ‘look-out’ for prospective travellers to forewarn the hotelier. The boards of the hotel were pit sawn with large square-head iron nails. The weatherboards used on the pātaka are all that remains of the hotel now apart from the brick fireplace and chimney which stands as a memorial to days passed. The aforementioned school, Te Wāotu, still remains to this day as one of the few successful local country schools in the whole of the Putaruru-Tirau district. This particular pātaka is available for tamariki to play on with the wooden plank used to climb onto the unique building having been a traditional piece of timber off another old building and requiring toddlers to master their climbing skills as well as a means of keeping this significant cultural building alive and an indelible impression on the up and coming generations.

  • a preparation shed (2001) beside the wharekai for large supplies of meat, fish and vegies with a walk-in chiller attached.

  • Tauroa: an implement shed (2007) named in memory of another whare built in a circular fashion and originally situated on a surrounding hillside.

  • An ablution concrete block built in 1986: currently being upgraded (2021). Built by whānau with a marshal wood burner water heater being replaced with gas, 3 shower and 2 toilet cubicles for both male and female sections as well as an extra toilet, wet wash shower for disable use being modified in the ladies area.

All of these buildings express the marae’ twenty-first-century look to help retain and restore the unique heritage aspects of Ngāti Huri.

  • We also have a 65-inch Smart TV with a mini pc attached to it with a Polycom video set up for video conferences.
  • WIFI throughout the whole marae from waharoa to urupa and wharenui.
  • Gas hot water for kitchen and showers.