Story: Adult education

Speaking on a marae, 1885

Speaking on a marae, 1885

In traditional Māori societies, the marae was one site of adult learning. Oratory skills were practised by those with speaking rights, while others learned by listening. This 1885 painting shows a rangatira (chief) speaking to a large group of attentive listeners. 

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Reference: 1923/3
Oil on canvas by Sam Stuart

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How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Adult education - Beginnings of adult education, 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/46599/speaking-on-a-marae-1885 (accessed 9 December 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 20 Jun 2012