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                                           Conservation work   in 2007

While Ruatepupuke II now stands inside a museum rather than beside the beach at Tokomaru Bay, this wharenui is of enduring significance to the descendants of its 19th century builders as an embodiment of their great ancestor Ruatepupuke.  This house is a taonga (“heirloom”) not only for the family most intimately associated with it, Te Whanau-a-Ruataupare, but also for all those bearing allegiance to the Ngati Porou tribe of the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island.