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. The wharenui,
Te Wai O Paaoa, links to the great ancestor, Paaoa, of the people
of Ngati Paaoa of Haurakai.
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.
Te Tahawai Marae Komiti gratefully
acknowledges the support and sponsorship of the following