A Basic Introduction to the Marae

MAORI123-17T (HAM)

5.0 points

This paper introduces students to the marae and the welcoming (pōwhiri) process. Students will learn basic marae etiquette and the process of being welcomed onto a marae.

This paper focuses on attaining knowledge and understanding around the marae and the pōwhiri process.

The marae and its related activities are at the heart of Māori culture, and today marae are becoming a larger part of a wider New Zealand identity. This paper looks to support people who wish to understand more about the meaning, purpose and function of a marae and the welcoming process.

Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of marae etiquette, kawa and tikanga.
  2. Show an understanding of the function of the marae.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the pōwhiri process, including karanga, whaikōrero, waiata, hongi and kai.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate terminology associated with Marae and Pōwhiri concepts.
  5. Participate in a marae welcome.

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

Assessment ratio: 1:0

When taught: T Semester (Nov - Dec 2017)


Teaching Staff

A Basic Introduction to the Marae
Prof. Dr Rangi Matamua

Associate Dean Postgraduate/Te Ara Tōtara