Puketeraki Marae

Thanks to Reuben’s school I had the opportunity to accompany the kids on a Marae visit to the Puketeraki Marae in Karitane, 30 minutes north of Dunedin. It was the most beautiful day, sun shining, and the Marae perched on a hill overlooking the ocean and rolling green fields, simply stunning. As this Marae is coastal, a lot of the carvings were influenced by coastal creatures, including an Albatross and a Hectors Dolphin. Hosted by four wonderful teachers and representatives of their community, we had a wonderful day and just learned so very much. Did you know the left side of the body represents your mother while the right side represents your father, and this same theory applies to the Wharenui. The kids had a wonderful time, learning and trying Maori craft such as weaving and Poi, and learning Southern Maori Stick Fighting (which was very popular indeed).


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10 Responses to Puketeraki Marae

  1. Jill says:

    Beautiful pictures! The carvings are amazing! We had a field trip day at my school too. I think your trip sounded like more fun though. We spent almost 4 hours on a bus and hiked a woodland trail next to a river. It was interesting and pretty but I would love to see your ocean views and try the crafts and stick fighting!

  2. cat says:

    What stunning photos! We are off to our local Marae on Wednesday for a Playcentre visit – can’t wait!

  3. Gaye says:

    Great photos, Joana. Isn’t it wonderful how being a mother takes you into other worlds. I used to love that. Aroha, Gaye

  4. Sarah says:

    What an awesome day. Looks like a really interesting school trip. I love joining the kids on their trips. I didn’t know that about left and right sides and parents. Is that true across all Maori culture or just that area? Maddy had international day at school today which was fantastic. They had 35 countries represented in a school of 300 kids which was fantastic as were the dances and costumes. Got to love going to school these days!

    • Joanna says:

      How amazing is that – 35 countries represented, that’s a great effort. The left and right sides I would say were across all Maori as they applied to the structure of the main building, and the main host spent a fair amount of time talking about how much Maori travelled long distances to see each other, and for food and weather reasons x

  5. renee says:

    well sweet mia has passed it on too you. Good job Mia

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