We were welcomed onto the grounds with a powhiri. We had a number of adult attendees with us to support us and respond to the powhiri. Great respect was shown by all during this ceremony.
Inside the wharenui itself, a kaumatua (elder associated with the marae) welcomed us, to which Anaru Gray responded.
We all came away enriched by the experience and our contact with Maori language and culture.
|Entrance to the wharenui|
|Enjoying the grounds|
|Lunch in the dining room|
|Great being together|
|Working on our booklets|
|Absorbing it all!|