The Te Puna Whakareia marae is a regular venue for the Ng?ti Pikiao iwi as well as being a regular venue for family gatherings such as tangihanga, family reunions, wananga, health days, and birthday celebrations. Te Puna Whakareia marae is also a popular destination for sports and school groups who take advantage of the large meeting house and associated facilities that can accommodate up to 120 visitors at a time. The existing wharekai, Te Ao Kapurangi, was opened by Te Puea in 1928, and as such has been used by the hapu, Ng?ti Te Rangiunuora, for 85 years. Te Ao Kapurangi was built from milled timber from the Ng?ti Te Rangiunuora Haumingi blocks and included whakairo erected over the entry. It is the only wharekai of its era in Te Hikuwai, the shores of Rotoiti bounded by Te Matarae I Orehu and Matawhaura. The long association of 85 years means that Ng?ti Te Rangiunuora have a very strong affiliation with and affection for Te Ao Kapurangi, and would like to retain the intact dining hall component on site for continued use associated with marae activities. With the aid of a large number of Donated Glu-lam Timber beams, AFH AKL is supporting in the design work of this project.