Story: Te kawa o te marae

Speaking in the wharenui (2nd of 2)

Speaking in the wharenui

This speaker stands inside the wharenui (meeting house) and gives an oration. Pōwhiri (welcomes) may take place outside on the marae ātea (courtyard) or inside the wharenui. The weather, the degree of formality of the occasion and the number of visitors will influence whether a welcome is held inside or outside.

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Reference: Hiwi and Pat Tauroa, Te marae: a guide to customs and protocol. Auckland: Reed Methuen, 1986, p. 91
Photograph by Gil Hanly

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Basil Keane, 'Te kawa o te marae - Basic marae etiquette', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2022)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 Sep 2013