Story: Ngā mahi tika

Plan for Melbourne marae

The marae was traditionally both the geographical and spiritual heart of a Māori community, and local custom determined the protocols observed on each marae. As Māori became urbanised and their communities more dispersed, marae adapted to new social circumstances. This plan shows a proposed marae in the Australian city of Melbourne, which in the 2000s had a large expatriate Māori population. The host people for this marae are likely to come from different tribes, each with slightly different protocols governing their home marae. They will therefore need to develop a protocol appropriate to this non-traditional and multi-tribal marae. 

Using this item

Marae Melbourne

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Mark Derby, 'Ngā mahi tika - Welcome and hospitality', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2022)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 Sep 2013