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’s. The first activity that my group did was making whistles out of small bits of bamboo and if you blew into it the right way you could get a good sound. The second activity that we did was the Titi Toreau. Translated into English, Titi Toreau means ‘Stab, stab, rip ’. The Titi Toreau is a short stick that was used by the Maori to kill people. The other activity that we did was the raku (translated into English means stick). It is a Maori weapon that that we used to learn how to hit and block with. It is longer than the Titi Toreau but it was still used for fighting.

The Marae was a lot of fun because we learnt lot of new skills and things about the Maori culture and we are going to teach them to other people in our school so they will know. This was the first Marae visit that St Clair School has had and we hope to have lots more.

By Eleana. Year 6

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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