Tapu Te Ranga Marae

Tapu Te Ranga Marae

  • 2019 -
  • Bingo Captioned Charter Docos Under The Skin Documentary Drama For My Fathers Kingdom Fukry Huahua Impact Kia Manawanui Long Time No Sea MFF2020 MRFF NATIVE Slam V Nga Matauranga Nga Putake Nga Raurekau Patutiki Sembradoras de Vida Short Documentary Short Drama Shorts Wairua Shorts Whakapapa Whanau Whenua
  • - 28 m 42 s

In June 2019, Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Wellington was devastated by fire, just two years after the passing of the man who built it, Kaumatua Bruce Stewart. This documentary tells the rich history of the Marae as told by Bruce Stewart in the last years of his life. Through him and the voices of his family, we learn about ‘living Māori’ in an extraordinary place, built by a community of gang members, wayward youth, volunteers, and the larger whānau who shared in Bruce’s vision.

Screening Information
Tapu Te Ranga Marae

3:00 PM
Friday 25 – Sunday 27 September 2020
Cine Iti
Māoriland Hub



  • Language English
  • Subtitle English
  • Indigenous Nation Ngā Puhi, Ngati Maniapoto
  • Country New Zealand
  • Director Vanessa Patea
  • Director Bio Switching out of my usual production role, this is my first festival documentary that I have directed with this film, ‘Tapu te Ranga Marae’. I have a long-standing friendship with the whānau portrayed in the film. This friendship gave me a deeper insight into the characters and an opportunity to record this personal story. Other director documentary credits include Spinoff Series: Aren’t, Can’t Don’t, Artist Profile: Mark Gee - Astrophotographer, Michaela Stoneman - Printmaker.
  • Producer Ruth Korver