Protocol

  • Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the Pōwhiri.
  • You can park your car in the public carpark behind the admin building.
  • Dress - Appropriate attire for men is dark trousers and shirt; women a black or dark below-knee skirt or dress.
  • Ensure cell phones are switched off throughout the pōwhiri (welcome)
  • Manuhiri (visitors/guests) are to gather at the Waharoa and wait for the Karanga from The Tangata Whenua (hosts)
  • Formation is women in the front and men behind the women.

 

Basic Tikanga/etiquette guidelines during your visit.

Tikanga or Conduct on the marae is very general in nature; it is based respect for yourself, others and your surroundings and on common sense.

In the Wharenui/Meeting house.

  • You should not just walk onto a marae; you need to be welcomed on.
  • Remove your shoes and hats before going into the Wharenui.
  • Do not stand up or walk in front of the speaker, walk around instead.
  • Permission must be given before using cameras.
  • Please do not eat or drink in the Wharenui/Meeting house or in the surrounding area of the Wharenui.
  • Please do not sit on the pillows.

In the Wharekai/Dining room

  • Manuhiri (visitors) will be called in for food. It is polite to let Kaumātua (elders) go first. Often the person calling people in for food will say who should come first.
  • Wait until a karakia/grace/prayer has been said before eating.
  • Do not pass food over a person’s head in the Wharekai.
  • Please do not sit on the tables or benchs.
  • Smoking is not permitted in or around the Wharenui or Wharekai. Please ask where the designated smoking area is.
  • Manuhiri take their lead from tangata whenua, if you are unsure about something ask someone.

 

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