Te Kawa o te Marae/Marae Etiquette and Protocols

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Te Kawa o te Marae/Marae Etiquette and Protocols

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Indigenous Studies, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Maori 112 or 121

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course examines the Maori rituals and customs that govern the processes and functions of the marae. It examines the theoretical and practical application of kawa (protocols) of the marae, in both a traditional and contemporary context. Attendance is required at a noho marae (approximate cost $15.00).

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1 explain the kawa of Te Herenga Waka Marae and the local tribes of the Wellington area, namely Te ?tiawa, Ng?ti Toa and Ng?ti Raukawa
    2 describe the customs, concepts and spiritual aspects of Te Herenga Waka Marae
    3 use the appropriate language of the marae
    4 operate, plan and participate in hui on a marae ? both front and back
    5 prepare budgets, menus and purchase food for a hui
    6 utilise the equipment of Te Herenga Waka Marae, and
    7 recognise and respond to breaches of kawa at Te Herenga Waka Marae.

    Practicum- 20%
    Essay 1- 10%
    Essay 2- 10%
    Practicum 2- 20%
    Practicum 3- 20%
    Practicum hours- 20%

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