Marae

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They ask what are the values of a Marae? And we think the values or significance of a Maori is based around people, rituals, spirituality and respect, but before we go any further then that we are to ask ourselves another question. What is a Marae? The Marae is a meeting place which consists of a carved meeting house (wharenui), a dining hall (whare kai), there is also the marae atea (the scared space which is located at the front of the meeting house). The Marae is a symbol of tribal identity, and security (being/feeling safe). The Marae is a meeting place where you can discuss problems or debate what you have on your mind, and is considered by Maori as a turangawaewae (which is a standing place, a place of belonging). In the Marae it…show more content…
People have privileges and obligations to a certain place because of their links through their parents and their ancestors. Your tūrangawaewae gives you a home base on a marae. It gives you the right to speak as tangata whenua on that marae. Doing this would create an obligation to listen on the part of those who are seated. Whanaungatanga means kinship ties. People who belong to a particular marae trace their whakapapa to that marae and to the ancestors it represents. They have the right to stand and speak, and the obligation to look after and maintain the marae and uphold its mana. Whanaungatanga is extended to include manuhiri when they stay on a marae. This is demonstrated when a person addresses everyone who is staying on a marae as family when they say “Kia ora e te whānau” (Greetings, family). Manaakitanga means to “care for a person’s mana” (well-being, in a holistic sense). On a marae, it is often claimed that it is not what is said that matters but how people are looked after. This is the essence of manaakitanga. Manaakitanga also includes the respect we give to elders. Our elders are responsible for the manaakitanga (care) of the entire group connected to a marae. The manaakitanga they give is based on their knowledge, life experience, and wisdom. Outside, in front of the whare and at it's top is a "tekoteko", or carved figure, which is placed on the roof and at the entrance to the whare. It represents the ancestor's head. The "maihi", or carved
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