He aha te mea nui o te ao?
Maku a ki atu,
If you should ask me
what is the most important
thing in this world?
I would say to you,
Nau mai. Haere mai
Welcome to Te Tahawai Marae. This marae, which
is set in the grounds of Edgewater College, Pakuranga, Auckland,
is a pan-tribal urban marae where people of all cultures may come
to experience and learn about maori culture and customs. Visitors
will enjoy a unique maori experience that is welcoming and supportive
of them as they enter the maori world and develop their understanding
of maori way of life (tikanga).
Formal occasions on this marae follow the kawa or protocols of Tainui in respect of tangi and powhiri. Ngai Tai is Mana Whenua of the land the marae occupies. The Wharenui “Te Wai O Paoa” is from the eponymous ancestor Paoa, of Ngati Paoa ki Hauraki.
The wharenui, Te Wai O Paoa, demonstrates the rich
heritage of Maori arts and crafts, a feature of which is the outstanding
collection of carvings. They were completed by a team of carvers
led by the late Dr Paki Harrison, one of New Zealand's most prestigious
carvers, the carvings demonstrate carving styles of iwi (maori tribes)
throughout Aotearoa. Fine examples of tukutuku (woven panels) and
kowhaiwhai (traditional maori patterns) complete the internal decorations.
Kia ora koutou Katoa,
We are pleased to inform you that Te Tahawai Marae can resume normal operations under Level 1, therefore we are able to take bookings again.
If you have had to cancel or postpone prior to COVID 19 and would like to rebook, please do so by way of our Availability link, and the booking forms either on the Accommodation link or the Education Program Link.
We will still have some form of contact tracing and we would recommend that if any of your group are displaying cold or flu-like symptoms, that you ask them not to come on your visit.
We thank you for your consideration and continued support, and hope that you will continue to utilize our Marae in the future.
Te Tahawai Marae Komiti
Te Tahawai Marae Komiti gratefully
acknowledges the support and sponsorship of the following