Nau mai. Haere mai
Te Tahawai Marae is set in the grounds of Edgewater College, Pakuranga, Auckland. It is a pan-tribal urban marae where people of all cultures may come to experience and learn about maori culture and customs. Visitors will enjoy a unique maori experience that is welcoming and supportive of them as they enter the maori world and develop their understanding of tikanga, the maori way of life.
The wharenui, or meeting house, is called Te Wai O Paaoa, linked to the great ancestor, Paaoa, of the people of Ngati Paaoa of Hauraki. It demonstrates the rich heritage of Maori arts and crafts, a feature of which is the outstanding collection of carvings. They were completed by a team of carvers led by the late Dr Paki Harrison, one of New Zealand's most prestigious carvers. The carvings demonstrate carving styles of iwi (maori tribes) throughout Aotearoa. Fine examples of tukutuku (woven panels) and kowhaiwhai (traditional maori patterns) complete the internal decorations.
Formal occasions on this marae follow the kawa or protocols of Tainui, in respect of tangi and powhiri.
Find out more about this marae by going to its website:
Te Tahawai Marae