Story: Marae protocol – te kawa o te marae

Dawn ceremony, opening of Pipitea marae, 1980

Dawn ceremony, opening of Pipitea marae, 1980

This shows the tā i te kawa or kawanga whare (dawn ceremony) for the opening of Pipitea marae in Wellington, in 1980. Traditionally a dawn ceremony is held to dedicate a house and lift its tapu. The marae kawa (protocols) are finalised and agreed to by the tangata whenua before the marae is opened.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1980/1751/19A

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Basil Keane, 'Marae protocol – te kawa o te marae - Pōwhiri process', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/41348/dawn-ceremony-opening-of-pipitea-marae-1980 (accessed 15 December 2017)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 Sep 2013