Story: Te kawa o te marae

Group being welcomed onto a marae

Group being welcomed onto a marae

This group is walking on to Rāhui marae at Tikitiki, on the East Coast, for the tangihanga of renowned carver Pine Taiapa in 1972. The women, a number of whom are wearing pare kawakawa (kawakawa leaves) walk at the head of the group, with men behind them. The call of welcome from the kaikaranga of the tangata whenua (hosts) will be heard, and the manuhiri's kaikaranga will respond.

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Reference: Anne Salmond, Hui: a study of Māori ceremonial gatherings. Auckland: A. H & A. W. Reed, 1976
Photograph by Jeremy Salmond

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Basil Keane, 'Te kawa o te marae - Basic marae etiquette', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 June 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 Sep 2013