Story: Te kawa o te marae

Welcome at Mt Maunganui, 1840s

Welcome at Mt Maunganui, 1840s

This drawing by Joseph Merrett dates from around 1843. It shows two groups meeting and greeting each other during a ceremonial welcome at Mt Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty. The pōwhiri (welcome) ceremony is designed to confirm that the other party has peaceful intentions.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-216-f-119
Ink and wash drawing by Joseph Jenner Merrett

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Te kawa o te marae - Mythology and history of marae protocol', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 Sep 2013