Te Kohinga Mārama Marae

'the gathering of diverse understandings and enlightenments'

Overview of the Marae

The marae is central to the Māori way of life. It is a focal point for groups who share kinship and tribal or community bonds. At the marae, people can meet to discuss and debate, to celebrate, to welcome the living and bid farewell to those that have passed on. In former times it was the open space and buildings in a settlement or pa (fortified settlement) where the community gathered. Today a marae is a complex of buildings and open space, with facilities to cater for and accommodate a community and its visitors.

Ngā Whare e Tū Nei

Wharenui - Te Ao Hurihuri

Te Ao Hurihuri can comfortably accommodate up to 45 adults.  All mattresses, pillows and linen are provided for your use.

Wharekai - Te Otinga

Te Otinga has the capacity to provide for up to 72 people for meals.  Catering services are available and is a specialist function of Te Kohinga Mārama Marae.  Whatever the occasion, catering can be provided on request through the Marae Manager.

Kawa Pōwhiri

The customs pertaining to the marae have been developed and nurtured over many generations.  It is therefore essential for visitors to have an understanding of the culture, ritual and protocols.

In preparation for the pōwhiri (welcome), the manuhiri (visitors) require one kaikaranga (female caller) and at least one kaikōrero (speaker of Māori – male) to respond to the mihi (greeting) on behalf of the visiting group.  Manuhiri should also support their kaikōrero with a waiata (song). 

Te Kohinga Mārama Marae follows Tainui kawa (marae procedure) in the following order:

  • Karanga (call of welcome) from the tangata whenua (Marae hosts).
  • Karanga (call in reply) from the manuwhiri (visitors). Move on the Marae for whakamaumahara (remembrance). Manuwhiri pause and stand in front of the Wharenui, heads bowed in remembrance to the hunga mate (ancestors whom have passed away). Tears are often shed by both manuwhiri and tangata whenua.
  • Whakatau (sit on seats provided). Manuwhiri seated first. Kaikōrero and other males only to sit on the paepae (front seats).
  • Whaikōrero (speech) from the tangata whenua.
  • Whaikōrero from the manuwhiri.
  • Tauutuutu - speakers alternate between hosts and visitors.
  • The last kaikōrero for the manuwhiri will lay the koha (gift) on the Marae. This indicates to the tangata whenua that the manuwhiri speakers have finished.
  • Karanga from the tangata whenua for the koha. The koha will be acknowledged and picked up by the tangata whenua.
  • Whaikōrero from the tangata whenua – the hosts will provide the concluding speeches.
  • Ruru (hongi and shake hands) or the physical greetings where the manuwhiri file past the tangata whenua, hongi and shake hands.

Please contact the Marae Manager if your group requires further advice regarding the kawa of the marae.