Ngāi Tūāhuriri: Tuahiwi and Takiwā
A group from LFBIT were fortunate enough to spend a day at an introductory workshop on the Tuahiwi Marae. We were welcomed onto the marae with a pōwhiri and settled in for an amazing day, where we were offered an introduction to local histories, places, marae etiquette and more.
As a group, we learnt how to write our mihimihi ( introductory speech) and we practised pronunciation within our group. The importance of kawa (protocols) and tikanga (rules) was explained, as well as how these vary between different maraes.
It was a great day where we could ask questions freely, and learn about the takiwā (district) that our new piece of land at North Parade, where we are rebuilding our facilities, falls in.
We hope in the future to attend more workshops and also seek further guidance for our rebuild.
“Ko taku ture i ahu mai i tōku tupuna i a Tūāhuriri!”
“My laws stem from my ancestor, Tūāhuriri!”