Funding boost for Māori tourism attraction

Published: Aug 10, 2020

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The Provincial Growth Fund is providing $1.25 million for much-needed redevelopment of a well-known Māori tourism venture in Northland.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rēhia Charitable Trust will use the funding to upgrade Te Pā Kāinga o Rewa, or Rewa’s Village, in Kerikeri. The long-established attraction is a small-scale replica of a 19th century Māori fishing village which recaptures the atmosphere of a settlement in pre-European times.

Rewa’s Village was built about 50 years ago and has fallen into disrepair. The funding will enable the trust to upgrade the facilities and displays, create up to seven new jobs, and attract more tourists.

Up to 30 people are expected to be employed during the upgrade. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The village is named after Rewa, a Ngāpuhi chief, who was prominent in the early 1800s. Rewa’s Village was built in the late 1960s as a community effort to faithfully recreate an unfortified village which would have existed when Europeans first arrived in New Zealand.

It is located in the Kororipo Heritage Park and and is part of the Kororipo tourism precinct centred around another well-known tourist attraction, the Kerikeri Stone Store.