Kuki’s café is named after the late Master Carver Wikuki Te Uranga o Te Ra Kingi.
To pay homage to a Rangatira that gave so much for his people
“Ki te kahore he whakakitenga ka ngaro te iwi”- Na Kingi Tawhiao Potatau te Wherowhero -
“Without vision or foresight, the people will be lost”- King Tawhiao Potatau te Wherowhero -
The late Tohunga Whakairo Wikuki Te Uranga o Te Ra Kingi with his wife Evelyn “Tuss” Kirikowhai Kingi (nee Te Wiata) were instrumental in the building of the Whare tupuna here at Kirikiriroa Marae. They came to the Marae in late 1977. Both Wikuki and “Tuss” remained heavily involved with Evelyn’s home Marae of Turangawaewae in Ngaruawahia.
Kirikiriroa Marae was opened on the 1st of December 1984 by the Minister of Maori Affairs the Honourable Koro Tainui Wetere. Te Kuini Maori Te Ataiirangikaahu supported this historic occasion and bestowed the names “Te Kohao o Te Ngira” on the Whare Tupuna and “Kiri tahi” on the Whare Kai.
“Kia koe e te Rangatira mo ōu mahi whakahirahira, Anei kua tutuki pai tenei kaupapa I runga Ī ōu moemoea- Mo te aha? - kia tu pakari ai mo nga uri whakaheke”
“This here is the result of your dreams and aspirations. To enable future generations to stand strong for the well-being of their families”