Story: Tribal organisation

Welcome onto the marae, 1880s

Welcome onto the marae, 1880s

This photograph, taken at Maketū in the Bay of Plenty, shows a group of Māori assembling on the marae area in front of their wharepuni (meeting house) to receive visitors. This particular marae is one of several within a much larger (fortification), suggesting that the inhabitants of the pā divided into smaller groups which, to some extent, operated independently.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Tribal organisation - The significance of iwi and hapū', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/969/welcome-onto-the-marae-1880s (accessed 22 October 2017)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005