Our new Operations Officer Tendekai R Mugadza attended a Marae visit as part of his welcome to MNZ. The following is his experience and what he learnt.

“I was enrolled to the Awataha Marae Experience a few weeks into my new role. I can honestly say it was a worthwhile experience and an excellent way to acknowledge the people of the land and their history. They first did a traditional welcome called a Pohwiri before we were allowed in. This is important as you must declare whether you come in peace or in war to a Marae.  They showed us both ways.

 

Awataha Marae Visit

 

We were then taken into a big meeting room where history of the Maori people was told to us through various stories. I found the history of Maori and their ancestors intriguing. We were also taught a traditional song (Waita).

In another segment we were taught how to make useful items like bags using a traditional weaving method called Raranga. The best part of the who experience was learning the Haka and a few other chanting songs. Lunch was also a traditional meal called a Hangi, where the food is traditionally prepared and cooked in the ground.”

Tendekai says the things he mostly enjoyed were

  • Learning about the history of Maoris and how they lived
  • Learning the Haka and knowing what the words mean and relating it to all the sporting events
  • Eating traditionally prepared food
  • Learning how to approach a Marae as visitor and guest.
  • Learning how to greet with the touch of the nose.

Tendekai’s Marae Visit

 
 
 
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