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Marae protocols and customs.

As NZNO continues its journey of partnership, engaging in dialogue with Maori deepens. The vehicle for this engagement is hui on marae. The first in the development of NZNO's Progressively Acting in Unity and Aroha (PAUA) project was held at Te Piri Ngatahi o Maungarongo in West Auckland earlier this month. Understanding how a marae functions is important for NZNO members. What is the marae? Why do people gather here? What satisfactions do people gain when they come here? Is there something for Pakeha on the marae?

Answers to these questions are not always simple. Yet to find just some of the answers is to start to understand the foundations of a culture. Maori culture has been seriously at risk. If nourishment cannot flow from the roots to the leaves, the plant will die.

According to Hiwi and Pat Tauroa in their 1986 book Te Marae: A Guide to Customs and Protocols, the marae is the wahi ranatira mana (place of greatest mana), wahi rangatira wairua (place of greatest spirituality), wahi rangatira iwi (place that heightens peoples dignity), and wahi rangatira tikanga Maori (place in which Maori customs are given ultimate expression).
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Title Annotation:Te Runanga Mounts Recruitment Drive
Author:Clair, Sharon
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Nov 1, 2004
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