Story: Marae management – te whakahaere marae

Welcome ceremony, Ōtamatea marae, 2004

Welcome ceremony, Ōtamatea marae, 2004

A powerful traditional welcome greets official visitors to Ngāti Moko marae, Te Puke, in December 2012, for a hui to mark the signing of the Deed of Settlement for the Waitangi Tribunal claims of Ngāti Rangiwewehi and Tapuika. The welcome party includes young men who perform the wero, or challenge, older women who deliver the karanga, or chant of welcome, and performers of haka and traditional songs. Part of the duties of a marae management committee is to organise the presence of these and many other marae workers such as cooks and maintenance staff.

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Mere Whaanga, 'Marae management – te whakahaere marae - Marae committee', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2024)

Story by Mere Whaanga, published 5 Sep 2013