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Pāpāuma Marae

Some iwi (tribes) and hapū (sub-tribes) do not allow women to perform oratory on their marae , though typically women perform a Karanga (call). The wharenui is the locale for important meetings, sleepovers, and craft and other cultural activities. In some modern Polynesian societies, notably that of the Māori of Aotearoa New Zealand, the marae is still a vital part of everyday life.
Therefore, while view it now are no longer the thriving hubs of yesteryear, they are still a vital element in preserving the cultural vitality of the Māori. The tekoteko (carved figure) on the roof top in front of the house represents the head, and the maihi (front barge boards) are the arms held out in welcome to visitors. The amo are short boards at the front of the wharenui representing legs, while the tahuhu (ridge pole), a large beam running down the length of the roof, represents the spine.


Puna or fresh water springs emerge from the ground at Rehua setting the site apart as a place of special significance. The formation of these puna and the myriad other waterways of Te Wai Pounamu is attributed in whakapapa to the ancestor Tūterakiwhānoa whose raking of the waka (the South Island) punctured it allowing the water beneath to flow through. The puna at Rehua would have once provided fresh water for the Ngāti Māmoe / Waitaha people who lived at the ancient Puari pā situated near the centre of Christchurch. Māori Studies students and staff use the Marae for language classes and seminars.

  • Also included in the house is Tangi'ia, an ancestor who connects the major islands of the Pacific with New Zealand.

  • The scheme was the first of its kind in New Zealand and an acknowledgement of the already longstanding relationship between Te Hāhi Weteriana and Ngāi Tahu.

  • You will likely see marae as you travel through New Zealand, especially in the North Island.

Here is a list of Marae that Te Puni Kōkiri is currently aware of. her response is not exhaustive and is provided for information only.
Marae life is very communal – everyone sleeps in the same room (usually the main meeting house) on mattresses lined against the walls. They eat together in the dining room, help with chores, and spend time together learning, discussing and debating tribal matters. A marae is a fenced-in complex of carved buildings and grounds that belongs to a particular iwi (tribe), hapū (sub tribe) or whānau (family).
A marae is not a permanent dwelling, but a place set aside where the family will go for important occasions. Rehua hosts many visitors every year from primary school children to royalty - in 2002 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2 visited the marae. Rehua continues to be a centre for recreation, social occasions and worship.
maui beach motorhome australia to the urban migration of Māori to the cities in the 1960s, Māori no longer live primarily on marae and, while communal living has dwindled, the marae still plays a significant role in modern Māori society. Marae are still used for a multitude of cultural rituals, including birthdays and weddings, yet the most significant ritual is the tangihanga. For most New Zealand Māori, they will return to their marae for two days of grieving.
Supporting the beams are the amo, or legs, holding up the entirety of the building. Finally, standing aloft at the top of the marae is the tekoteko, or statue, which represents the ancestor in all their revered likeness.