The original name used by Maori which described their village area and generally had several buildings was a ‘pa’. In today’s urban environment the word ‘Marae’ is more commonly used.
A Marae is a Maori community facility that usually consists of a meeting house that is named after an ancestor, a dining room with kitchen facilities as well as the Marae atea (sacred space in front of the meeting house); and bathroom facilities. The Marae is a symbol of tribal identity. It is a meeting place where people can discuss and debate various issues and is considered by Maori as a turangawaewae - a standing place, a place of belonging.
Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa
Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa Marae, Auckland Airport, Manukau, Aotearoa, New Zealand
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