Kopinga Marae Kawa

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Although traditional marae kawa is different for Moriori than it is for many Maori Marae, the members of Hokotehi voted to follow generic contemporary Maori Kawa on their marae.


There are still variations however and the first obvious difference with Kopinga is the entrance to the Whare and in the shape of it. 

Traditionally, the area immediately in front of a meeting house is to be kept clear at all times.

At Kopinga, Manuwiri are encouraged to enter the covered in area at the front of the marae and gather in front of the wooden doors to be welcomed.

Shoes are to be removed in this area and shoe storage is provided at both sides of this porch area.
Manuwiri and Tchakat Henu alike, are able to bring along and wear “inside shoes” such as slippers.

Traditional tikanga dictates that the right-hand side of the meeting house (the ancestors right hand) is to be occupied by the Tangata Whenua, while the Manuhiri occupy the left-hand side including the rear and then positions left vacant by the tangata whenua.

At Kopinga there is no right hand side and Manuwiri and Tchakat Henu are able and encouraged to share the Whare Hui equally. The belief in peace runs through all Moriori Kawa. However, even at Kopinga, some issues can arise that are contentious and whilst anger may surface, there are still rules and beliefs that moderate those feelings.

In some extremely formal situations the Tchakat Henu may establish a specific seating arrangement within the Marae, but this is usually more purposeful than traditional.







Traditionally women are not able to speak on Marae.

At Kopinga, not only do the values of Peace flow through the Kawa, but so do the values of equality and acceptance.

Moriori recognise women on the Marae as being equal and therefore able to represent themselves and others in all discussions and Marae politics.



Traditionally orators on a Marae speak from where they stand.

At Kopinga, the speaker talks from the Pou. There is a wooden floor around the central Pou and this is where the speaker can talk and walk, in the presence of his ancestors, his people and of this sacred Moriori taonga. From the central Pou, the speaker can be seen and heard by all of the assembly.

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