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Nga-Tapuwae-o-te-Mangai information

Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach , New Zealand
6576 Far North Rd
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With its two domed towers (Arepa and Omeka, alpha and omega) and the Ratana emblem of the star and crescent moon, you could be forgiven for mistaking this temple for a mosque. Ratana is a Maori Christian sect with more than 50,000 adherents, formed in 1925 by Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana, who was known as ‘the mouthpiece of God’. The temple is built on land where Ratana once stood, and the name translates as 'the sacred steps of the mouthpiece'. You'll pass it at Te Kao, 46km south of Cape Reinga.