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"Nga Hau E Wha Marae" Top 5 Page for this destination New Zealand Local Custom Tip by fishandchips

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  Head Piece at the entrance to the Marae
by fishandchips

No visit to NZ is complete without going to a Marae. One option in Christchurch is Nga Hau E Wha (pronounced - na ho e far) Marae located in Aranui. This is the local HQ of the Ngai Tahu tribe and is an interesting place to have a look at. In theory you should wait at the gate for an invitation to enter whereupon you may be called to do a performance (sing a song etc) before being accepted. This is often the case in smaller areas of the North Is but no always done here. The whole area here has many rules or protocol that must be strictly adhered to such as women must always be at the back, never at the front. The welcoming ceremony or Powhiri is quite interesting as is the introductions (7 stages at a formal Hui). I would recommend that you do a visit if you get the chance.

You can visit this link below to get a full rundown of everything there is to know about marae protocol.


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  • Updated Dec 15, 2005
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