Haratu is the Whare of the Kororareka Marae Society, an incorporated charitable society with a goal to operate a mult-tribal marae in the historic township of Russell. Formerly the home of the Department of Conservation, the building provides a Maori cultural presence for the community.
A range of Maori art and craft is available from Haratu
Opened on 11th December 2009, the premises offer:
* retail presence, featuring Maori arts and craft
* venue hire for small groups and conferences
* a venue for educational purposes focusing on tikanga Maori
* administration facilities for the Kororareka Marae