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The Beginner's Guide to Visiting the Marae Television – 1984 Documentary

The Beginner's Guide to Visiting the Marae

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Filmed at Kauwhata Marae in the Manawatu, The Beginner’s Guide to Visiting the Marae is a straightforward and respectful explanation of basic marae protocol, from the wero, to the karanga, pōwhiri, whaikōrero, waiata, koha and the hongi. The programme was made in 1984 when Pākehā were generally less familiar with visiting marae, so host Ian Johnstone presents the documentary from the perspective of a person rather more apprehensive about marae protocol than might be the case in 2011. That aside, the doco remains an effective primer for 21st Century marae novices.

If you have to speak, just be yourself. Sincerity is the hallmark.
– Kauwhata Marae elder Wiremu Parker