Story: Birthdays and wedding anniversaries

The symbolism of the pare (3rd of 4)

The symbolism of the pare

The intricate carving of the 21st-birthday pare can be seen in this close-up. It was accompanied by the following greeting:

Tēnei rā te kuwaha ki ngā tau e heke nei
Anei te Pare he tohu rangatira e,
Ko te manaakitanga, te arohatanga,
te wairuatanga, me te whanaungatanga e,
Ngā pou hei arahi koe i ngā wā katoa,
Tēnā rā koe, tēnā rā koe, tēnā rā koe!

(This is the passage to the years that will follow.
Here is the Pare that is a sign of leadership, hospitality, loving kindness, spirituality and kinship.
These are the anchor points that will guide you at all times.
Warm greetings to you on this day!)

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Private collection, Tutaki whānau

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Birthdays and wedding anniversaries - Birthday rituals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/40241/the-symbolism-of-the-pare (accessed 22 November 2019)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 Sep 2013