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Marae search. Māori Maps. Marae - Māori meeting grounds. Te Wharenui The most important of the buildings within the marae is the wharenui or carved meeting house.

Marae - Māori meeting grounds

A wharenui resembles the human body in structure, and usually represents a particular ancestor of the tribe. The tekoteko (carved figure) on the roof top in front of the house represents the head, and the maihi (front barge boards) are the arms held out in welcome to visitors. The amo are short boards at the front of the wharenui representing legs, while the tahuhu (ridge pole), a large beam running down the length of the roof, represents the spine. The heke (rafters), reaching from the tahuhu to the poupou (carved figures) around the walls, represent the ribs. Many wharenui contain intricate carvings and panels that refer to the whakapapa (genealogy) of the tribe, and to Māori stories and legends.

If you are lucky enough to step inside a wharenui, remember to remove your shoes before entering, do not consume food or drink inside, and always seek permission before taking photos. Pōwhiri on a marae / Te marae / Videos / Homepage - He reo tupu, he reo ora. There is commentary in this clip about how tikanga can vary from marae to marae, and from region to region.

Pōwhiri on a marae / Te marae / Videos / Homepage - He reo tupu, he reo ora

We are walked through the process of a pōwhiri – starting from the manuhiri gathering outside the entrance way of the marae (organising their kaikōrero and waiata). We hear the important call of the kaikaranga, welcoming the visitors – who (usually) respond similarly. Notice the women at the front of the entourage, with the men at the back and sides.

There is discussion too about the different types of whaikōrero, the purpose of waiata, the koha, and the hongi (sharing the life breath). The process on marae may vary. Prior to the manuhiri coming onto the marae, in terms of preparing the manuhiri, one of the things that we did and they did themselves is bring people together, because even though you have a visiting group you often have people coming from different localities. Pohiri. Marae and Powhiri Protocol and Customs. For many students visiting New Zealand for the first time, a trip to a Maori marae or wharenui (meeting house) and taking part in a powhiri (formal welcome ceremony) is a must-do during your stay.

Marae and Powhiri Protocol and Customs

As like many cultures, Maori have special rules and protocol that must be followed when on a Pa (Maori village/settlement), in a marae and during a powhiri. Many schools take field trips to visit local marae. Before you visit, it’s important to understand some of the traditions around a visit to a marae. We’ve compiled an example of how a typical powhiri is performed, tips on how to introduce yourself in the Maori language and a list of customs to follow during your visit. Start by learning how to introduce yourself – the Korero Maori website has a list of nga mihi (greetings) to try. What happens during a powhiri? A powhiri is the traditional way to welcome guests onto a marae. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Rules and guidelines in the marae Have you ever been on a marae or taken part in a powhiri? Māori protocol. Image: Powhiri by Darren on Flickr The following sites will help you prepare for a visit to the marae, and to also understand Māori customs in general.

Māori protocol

SCIS no: 1700723 Customs/Traditions Tikanga are the Māori customs and traditions handed down from ancestors or tūpuna. They include mihi (speeches), pōwhiri (welcomes), karanga (calling), pepeha (introductions), tangi (funeral), hura kohatu (unveiling), poroporoaki (farewells). Suggested level: primary, The Beginner's Guide to Visiting the Marae. Marae protocol – te kawa o te marae. A quick, easy summary Read the Full Story Kawa of the marae The kawa of the marae means the protocols or rules that operate on the marae.

Marae protocol – te kawa o te marae

Different marae have different ways of doing things, but there are some things common to all. It is an honour to have an official role during the pōwhiri (welcome onto the marae).