A Basic Introduction to the Marae

MAORI123-17T  |  5.0 Points  |  Hamilton Campus

Do you feel uncomfortable in Māori settings? Are you nervous to ask questions about the pōwhiri process? Do you wish you had more understanding around some basic Māori protocols?

The Introduction to the Marae paper has been designed to support professionals to grow their knowledge and understanding of the pōwhiri process and marae protocol, and to gain confidence in these settings.

Today, the pōwhiri process is common in the work space, and the marae and its related activities are at the heart of Māori culture. Students will be able to apply their learnings in a safe and welcoming environment and make use of the University’s onsite marae – Te Kohinga Mārama Marae. Practice with us so you can feel confident in a real world setting.

The course consists of one lecture a week over six weeks, online study and a one-day wānanga on the marae.

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of marae etiquette, kawa and tikanga.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the pōwhiri process, including karanga, whaikōrero, waiata, hongi and kai.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate terminology associated with marae and pōwhiri concepts.
  • Participate in a marae welcome.

Embrace New Zealand’s culture and upskill with the University of Waikato.

Fees for this paper are $235 per person.

Group concessions and the flexibilty to schedule classes to a timetable that works for your organisation may be available.  Please contact us on (07) 838 4960 to discuss.

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For enquiries please contact the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies on 07 838 4737 or email: