SIOBHAN LEADER | Z ENERGY (Feb2016)... Our Away Day at Pipitea was fantastic, everyone loved the Marae and took note of how great it would be to use as a venue for other meetings and workshops.

REBECCA ZINZLEY | PRIVATE WEDDING (Dec2015)...“Firstly I just wanted to say a big thank you to you, Vale and all the staff that worked so hard leading up to and on the day of our wedding. It was the best day of our lives!! So please pass on a BIG thank you to all”

LIZ LEPROU – FUNDRAISER (Sept 2015)… Just a note from us all to say a huge thank you for a fantastic night. The food and service was top notch and enjoyed by all – Vale you and your team did a fantastic job and you were an absolute delight to deal with – thank you so much. We will all be promoting your services without a doubt.

AMANDA THOMAS - VUW (June2015)... We had a really great time at Pipitea Marae- we were really warm the entire time (even with sleety rain outside) and the food was beautiful - we agreed the pavlova was the best we'd ever eaten. - thank you!

JOSIE REID | ROYAL SOCIETY OF NZ, TE APARANGI (June 2015)... ““Just sending through a brief message here to thank you for all your assistance with making the venue booking and catering arrangements at Pipitea Marae yesterday. The event, with the involvement of June and Peter Jackson, was informative and valuable for both the Royal Society staff and the U.S. students in attendance. There were also many comments on the lovely spread for lunch - especially the vegetarian curry! I would also like to say thank you to Penu for her assistance with the seamless catering support. We really appreciate your assistance in making this very enjoyable event possible.”

PARE MURAAHI | AOTEA MAORI NETBALL (Apr2015)...Our stay was absolutely beautiful thank you... The facilities are wonderful... I'm so so please this is where we stayed.

NORM BROUGHTON | KAPA HAKA PERFORMANCE (Sept2014)... “I just wanted to say a very big thank you to Manaaki for allowing our kura /Roopu access to the marae last weekend. I think personally, that it was very successful from all angles especially from a promotional event for both kura, so thank you again for your part in this success. Nga mihi ki a koe ki a Paora hoki, ki a koutou katoa”

CHRIS BOWER | PONEKE KYOKUSHIN DOJO, IKO BRANCH (June2014)... To the team at Pipitea Marae. Thank you for having such a great space available for our event. We have used all the major hotels and halls in the Wellington area over the last 14 years and couldn’t be happier with the Pipitea Marae/Function Centre. The audience and competitors alike, loved the look and feel of the space especially the walk up to the entrance and court yard area. The feel inside while being beautifully done in a Mare Style was not overwhelming and suited our National event with the best facilities that the official have used. Small things like the access directly from the rear and plenty of storage made set up incredible easy along side staff helping to locate all the items we normally hire in staging the IKO Kyokushin Karate Nationals. Food provided was fab too. Will book again for the 2016 event.

KEITH NEWELL | LYCHGATE (June2014)... "Your assistance in meeting with us last Thursday to finalise details was much appreciated and very helpful. The seating was well laid out and your staff were also very helpful in attending to any requirements we had during the ceremony."

ISLAND BAY SCHOOL | MARIA... Hi Marissa, Thanks so much for our noho stay it was wonderful. Thanks for replying so quickly to all communications too. real great.

CHIM AND JAYNA | PRIVATE WEDDING ... We were in search of a large venue that could hold our big fat Indian wedding and Pipitea Marae was certainly that. The Marae hasnt previosuly been a wedding venue, which initially made us a little nervous but when meeting Marissa and her team we left every meeting feeling confident in their ability to make our special day memorable. Pipitea Marae was able to cater to almost all of our crazy demands and provided amazing service prior to the wedding and on the day. Again we were nervous about how the food would be but we can confirm that all the guests were very pleased with the quality and service of the food. A special thanks to Marissa for being available whenever we needed her and for helping us organise our big day.

UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO | PRAJESH CHHANABHAI... Just wanted to say thank you to you and Moana for ensuring our event ran smoothly last evening. Everyone commented on the room and the ambience, the exact reason we liked it... Thank you again and we look forward to working with you on other events.

DLA PHILLIPS FOX | VICKI SUTHERLAND ... "We had such a great night. The food was really good and Michael was great. I loved the venue. Thanks for all your help. Have a great Christmas"

ASHLEY TEWHARE | OTAGO UNIVERSITY...“I would very much like to offer my most humble thanks to you and the young man that helped us throughout the day. The timings were perfect, and communication was fluid. I am very happy with the services, and will endeavour to pass on positive feedback to any of my networks who are looking for services of a high calibre.”

RONELLE | NZ RURAL GENERAL PRACTICE... I have received feedback from some of those that attended the meeting on the 27th September, copied below:
- It was a good experience, although I have been welcomed onto a Marae before, but not specifically the Pipitea Marae. It is a lovely place.
- I found it very interesting, we sure do have a wonderful and interesting “board”. The session with Jim was great and very interactive.
- The experience for me personally was very humbling as this was my first time on a Marae. One I will never forget.- Lovely reception from the team at the Marae, very welcoming.
- I thoroughly enjoyed the day. The Marae is beautiful and the staff were very friendly and accommodating.
Thank you for your help and assistance, it made my job much easier.

NAOMI | HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION ... ... it was great – we were looked after really well NZ Customs... The venue was awesome I thought the venue was great – inspired in fact, I loved being in a marae Was great being on the marae – added a special feel good dimension to the day Excellent venue, which did support the overall relaxed atmosphere that led to greater participation and learning The food was lovely Great venue – this comment was mentioned by a few –

KRISTINA - MOE... | Firstly Thank you for your coordination of our booking and your availability to answers questions etc and organise things from your end… I couldn’t have done it without you.... The wait staff were fantastic, friendly and helpful. The catering was fabulous and received many comments of how good the meals were our compliments to the chef/s. So a great big mihi to your organisational skills and team… the service was professional and efficient and went like clockwork to the last detail.... I was so impressed by your whole set up I have taken the concept to my own Marae to start to review and restructure the way we do things based mainly of the how smoothly the process ran from start to finish…your model is one I hope our Marae would be able to aspire to eventually.

SALLY | ARISE CHURCH  ... Pipitea Marae was an outstanding venue for our recent kids conference. The newly renovated rooms were versatile and very pleasant to use. The commercial kitchen was exceptionally well stocked and a great asset. The outdoor area had also been done up and was a lovely private area with full sun and was well used over the weekend with such great weather. We had a highly successful conference at Pipitea Marae and would highly recommend it to others. Thanks Marissa. We loved this venue

NIGEL GATTSCHE | NZDF ... A very well organised and moving ceremony which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. Many commented on the feeling of sincerity and deep cultural meaning which emanated from the powhiri. The hosts were very gracious and hospitable and spoke openly to all participants afterwards. A marvellous morning tea/kai which was also enjoyed by all. Thanks again to you all for your efforts, which helped make the overall workshop even more memorable.

CASEY HAVERLAMP | JUST SPEAK ... "We found Manaaki great to deal with in the lead up to our Camp. They were really accommodating and supportive of the kaupapa of our hui. The facilities were fantastic and it fit our 160 guests with ease."

KAREPA WALL | MAORI SUCCESS MARKET TE RIU ROA ... arepa Wall Māori Success Market Te Riu Roa - Wellington Kei peange pea! Anō te ranea o te manaakitanga tā ngā kaimahi, anō te hūnene o te kai, anō hoki te rerehua o te whare! Me mihia ka tika kia koutou i kaha manaaki ia mātou ko te tira whakahaere. E kore e taea te whai kupu mō te aroha i roto i ngā kaimahi. Thanks for supporting a great day, the staff were so great in supporting to set up the day, ensure a smooth running of the day, and then pack up at the end – Nothing was too much to offer, and the whole marae outside and in looks so warm and inviting it was a great place to have a hui in the middle of Matariki!

PRIVATE HUI ... Our Hui was a great success. The venue was a perfect fit for our Hui and the venue staff were very professional, helpful and showed great initiative. Working with the venue staff certainly made things easier for me as the Hui Organiser. – Aug 2013

EILEEN MUELLER - Director Public Affairs, Lower North Island and Hawkes Bay,  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (2012)... Our young adults had a fabulous time and enjoyed their stay at Pipitea Marae, saying it was warm and comfortable and breakfast was excellent.

ARETHA - NZNO Hui…  It was one of the best conferences I have had, especially because your staff were exceptionally helpful. You were wonderful to deal with and I found it very refreshing as you made everything so easy for me and the Thursday was a real stress factor for me but you looked after everything on your end and that was a major stress release so again thank you very much Leah.


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