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A Wairarapa hapu is attempting to recreate what was once a vibrant pa community by rebuilding its marae and building six new homes.

The papakainga development at Hurunui-o-Rangi Marae 10km east of Carterton is funded by a Kainga Whenua bank loan and $1.6m from the Maori Housing Network.

Project manager Henare Manaena says the seeds for the plan were sowed in the 1970s, when whanau turned one of the last of the original homes on the whenua into a centre for their cultural practices.

He says it's part of a wider revival plan.

"These are three-bedroom family homes. We want to encourage our younger generation to come and live back on the whenua again and to whakakaha te paepae, to whakakaha te mana o te marae, to whakakaha te whenua because we are building a new marae right next door as well," Mr Manaena says.

The development is based on a papakainga built by Aorangi Trust in Heretaunga.

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