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Visitor Marae Quick Guide


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1. Visitors arrive at Te Hana Te Ao Marama and assemble at the waharoa (gateway to the Marae)
2. Visitors will select their rangatira (Chief). This person will be responsible for the group's acceptance onto the Marae, and will reply and lead a waiata (song) on behalf of their tribe following the hosts welcoming speeches.
3.     Collection of koha (gift to Marae) may be gathered by the visiting chief.
4. Closing of powhiri - The chief may be asked to take part in the Hongi (pressing of nose) to close the powhiri




  One or more of the following may occur, you will you be informed prior to your visit or at the waharoa
Step 1. Signal from Marae ready     Three blows of the conch shell indicating ready to receive visitors
  Karanga                               The welcome call by women of the Marae
    Haka Powhiri                       Ceremony Dance, for dignitaries/visitors/chiefs etc
  Wero Ceremony challenge by Marae warriors, traditional way of determining if visitors are friend or foe
Step 2. Karakia/whaikorero/waiata         Welcoming & exchange speeches followed by waiata (song)
Step 3. Hongi Conclusion of the formal welcome, light pressing of the nose



The karanga is a formal part of welcoming a manuhiri (guest) onto a Marae (meeting house). An intricate part of the karanga ceremony is based around the lifting of tapu (sacredness) and allows the manuhiri (guest) and tangata whenua (local people) to become one.
Karanga call

This is performed by the women folk, from both sides the tangata whenua (local people) & manuhiri (guests) replying & calling to each other whilst the guests are called onto the Marae (meeting house). The call between each group will assist the tangata whenua in understanding the intention of the guests visit. 
Haka Powhiri

The haka powhiri may be performed as part of the karanga process and is normally done when visiting tribes or dignitaries are welcome onto the Marae (meeting house). A chant and dance is performed by the tangata whenua (local people) during which the manuhiri (guests) are drawn onto the Marae.

The wero challenge is still widely utilised amongst many tribes in Aotearoa (New Zealand). The importance for the wero or challenge is to establish whether  the visiting group is there as friend or foe. A young warrior of the Marae is sent out to perform the wero testing the visitors reaction and ready to react to any provocation by the visiting group.