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The Pōwhiri is a traditional Māori Welcome Ceremony, which takes place when going onto a Marae. The purpose of the Pōwhiri is to remove the tapu of the Manuhiri (visitors) – to make them one with the Tāngata Whenua (People of the Land). It is a gradual process of the Manuhiri and the Tāngata Whenua coming together. A Kaiāwhina (guide) will talk you through the Pōwhiri process on arrival.

Please allow time to join us for refreshments following the Pōwhiri.


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University of Canterbury

"A huge thanks to Ōnuku Marae for hosting The 3rd year Environmental Policy and Politics Class to discuss water management, it was simply an outstanding day of learning: “Hapaitia te ara tika pumau ai te rangatiratanga mo nga uri whakatipu - foster the pathway of knowledge to strength, independence and growth for future generations”.

This was an outstanding learning experience, and it was one of the most memorable and meaningful in my career and as a teacher.

I also want to personally thank Ōnuku Marae and especially Pere Tainui, Ngaio Tuari, Peter Sciascia and Debbie Tikao for giving time so generously to share important knowledge and key insights with a new generation of students."

—  Browyn Hayward, Director of Sustainable Citizenship and Civic Imagination

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