Ngaruawahia Maori Festival with the KING

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the marae is a communal 'plaza'

The powhiri ceremony: Haere mai! Haere mai! Haere mai!

Once! Twice! Thrice! Welcome.

With a thousand years of human settlement, New Zealand has a colourful and dramatic history, dominated by the relationship between Maori and Pakeha (Europeans).

Maori people define themselves by their iwi (tribe), hapu (sub-tribe), maunga (mountain) and awa (river). Whanau is the name given to family - the term embraces immediate family, in-laws and all those connected by blood ties.

The ancient beliefs of Maori culture are recognised and respected by New Zealand's leaders today.Maori is an oral culture rich with stories and legendsThe orgins of the haka are deeply rooted in the mists of time.Traditional carvers also help to keep Maori culture alive by creating intricate works that pay respect to the past.

Today Maori people live throughout New Zealand, and many are actively involved with keeping their culture and language alive. Within any Maori community, the marae provides a focus for social, cultural and spiritual life. The term marae describes a communal 'plaza' area that includes a wharenui (meeting house) and wharekai (dining room).

goezi says:
Nicely captured JP.
I think you may have to put Maori as another language now that you've got a few words under your belt :)
Posted on: Sep 13, 2008
JPLfr13 says:
it was close due to the king presence
Posted on: Sep 13, 2008
shirlan says:
were you allowed into the Marae?
Posted on: Sep 13, 2008
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the marae is a communal plaza
the marae is a communal 'plaza'
Marae woodcarving.
Marae woodcarving.
Marae woodcarving.
Marae woodcarving.
Marae woodcarving.
Marae woodcarving.
Marae view
Marae view
Maori War Canoes
Maori War Canoes
woodcarving.
woodcarving.
Maori War Canoes
Maori War Canoes
Maori War Canoes woodcarving.
Maori War Canoes woodcarving.
Marae sunset view
Marae sunset view
festival arrival
festival arrival
festival arrival
festival arrival
Maori War Canoes
Maori War Canoes
Maori War Canoes
Maori War Canoes
Maori War Canoes
Maori War Canoes
Maori Dances
Maori Dances
Maori War Canoes
Maori War Canoes
Maori War Canoes
Maori War Canoes
Maori King
Maori King
Maori Dances
Maori Dances
Maori Dances
Maori Dances
Maori Dances
Maori Dances
ice cream
ice cream
Maori Dances
Maori Dances
Maori
Maori
Maori preparation
Maori preparation
Maori
Maori
Maori
Maori
Maori race preparation
Maori race preparation
Maori race preparation
Maori race preparation
Maori race preparation
Maori race preparation
Maori race preparation
Maori race preparation
Maori race preparation
Maori race preparation
Maori race preparation
Maori race preparation
Maori
Maori
Maori
Maori
Maori race preparation
Maori race preparation
Maori race preparation
Maori race preparation
Maori race boat
Maori race boat
Maori race boat
Maori race boat
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photo by: JPLfr13