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KAWA ME ONA TIKANGA – Guidelines on the Marae

We will have pre-arranged a kaikōrero and kaikaranga, you are most welcome to invite your own koroua/kuia to participate in our powhiri. 

If you have any more detailed questions about Te Herenga Waka kawa and tikanga, please ask us and we will find out the information for you

13th June 2017


1. Arrive early. It is considered impolite to walk onto a marae once a pōwhiri is underway.
2. Dress formally
3. Introduce yourself to other groups you don't know.
4. Give your koha (monetary gift) to the kaumātua in a envelope.
5. Ensure that your group has a speaker and kaikaranga organised.
6. Ensure cell phones are switched off throughout the pōwhiri.

During the pōwhiri

1. You should not just walk onto a marae; you need to be welcomed on.
2. Women walk on as a group, while men also group together.
3. Do not eat or drink during the welcome.
4. Do not walk in front of a speaker on the marae ātea.
5. Speak in Māori, not English, if giving a speech (unless expressly allowed).
6. Males sit at the front on most marae, though some marae allow both women and men to sit on the front seat.
7. After your speaker/s have completed their korero (speeches). Your speaker will lay the koha.
8. Your group should stand close to speaker and sing a waiata (song)
9. At the conclusion of the welcome you should hongi (press noses).

After the pōwhiri - In the wharekai (dining room)

1. Manuhiri (visitors) will be called in for food.
2. It is polite to let kaumātua (elders) go first. Often the person calling people in for food will say who should come first.
3. Wait until a karakia (grace) has been said before eating.
4. Do not pass food over a person's head in the wharekai.
5. Do not sit on tables.

In the wharenui (meeting house)

1. Remove your shoes before going into the wharenui.
2. Check before you put your sleeping bag down. Certain parts of the wharenui are reserved for particular manuhiri and tangata whenua.
3. Do not eat or drink in the wharenui.
4. Do not step over people in the wharenui.
5. Do not sit on pillows.
6. Mattresses and pillows will be provided but you will need to bring your own blankets or sleeping bag. These need to packed away daily.
7. Some marae do not allow photographs, filming or tape recording without permission.


Waiata Tautoko - Purea Nei Purea nei e te hau

Horoia e te ua
Whitiwhitia e te ra
Mahea ake nga poraruraru
Makere ana nga here

E rere wairua, e rereKi nga ao o te rangi
Whitiwhitia e te ra
Mahea ake nga poraruraru Makere ana nga here, Makere ana nga here.

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Waiata Tautoko – Ka Waiata

Ka waiata ki a Maria Hine i whakaae Whakameatia mai Te whare takata Hine pūrotu
Hine ngākau
Hine rangimarie
Ko te whaea
Ko whaea o te Ao

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