We had a work day on Waiwhetu marae today - 40 of us learning some te reo (Maori language) and tikanga (customs), with lots of kai (food) and a bit of waiata (singing).
It's the marae that is local to work and we often send groups there. A marae is a communal place - speeches, gathering, meetings, eating, sleeping, in different rooms.
This is the entry - the group assembles here and is sung onto the marae (my favourite part). Then there's speeches and food, etc. A great day; a nice refresher about Maori and language and how to use it at work.
In another building, several waka (canoes), art works, and a radio station.
And then - an early mark!
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