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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.

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 Keith Slater
 Ian Johnstone
 John McNicholas

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I saw Aunty Betty Knowles Te Huia our Nana and Koros Marae made me so tearful, this is where my mums turangawaewae. Familiar faces

 Mahana Kimura

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Koro Kelly was such a knowledgeable man....I enjoyed my time with him at Taumata xo



Naaaww koro Kelly Mai ra e koro. I remember him to be such a humble & loving soul and a wonderful teacher.



It was sooo nice to see and listen to my kaumatua once again, made me cry....

 Paul Ward

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Kia ora Steph: for a DVD you will need to get in touch with TVNZ Archive and make a personal footage request:

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