Marae Visit


To celebrate Maori language week, Room 9 went to a Marae called Araiteuru Marae to learn about the Maori culture and marae protocol. At the Marae, we did lots of fun things. Some of them brought us out of our comfort zone. Some things like the hongi. The hongi is when two people lightly touch noses. Translated into English, it means the breath of life. We had to hongi all of the staff there and so did the teachers. After that we sang the staff there sang a waita to us. Once we had both sang we got split into three groups and went off to do activates.

On the first activity we did, we all shared our Mihi

4 thoughts on “Marae Visit

  1. What a great story about your visit to a Marae. I t sounds like you really enjoyed your time and learnt lots. I liked the whistle making activity. What actually is a Marae? Do the Maori people still use Maraes?

  2. Hello Eleana,

    Some of my favourite memories of my visits to New Zealand have been visits to Marae. The Maori culture, like other Polynesian cultures is rich in tradition and legend. At times, I was even able to organise trips to New Zealand for families in two school where I had been a teacher.

    In my collection are a number of carvings. Perhaps my favourite is a Taiaha. It was a little awkward getting it through customs but has been a great resource when my classes have been looking at New Zealand.

    @RossMannell
    Teacher, NSW, Australia

  3. This is the second post I’ve read about the Marae. It is so interesting to learn about all the different culture things that we share. I love all the Maori words I’m learning. Thank you so. Much for sharing!

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