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Powhiri and official opening of uLearn17

Hui Te Rangiora marae On Tuesday afternoon, uLearn17 was officially opened with a warm welcome by tangata whenua (hosts) onto the inner city Hui Te Rangiora marae. This whānau-based marae of Catholic origin is settled amongst the soft concrete (marae ātea) that surrounds Tuwaerea, the wharenui or large meeting house.

The Whaikōrero (speeches) from tangata whenua talked about their whānau, hapu, iwi, internal structure of the marae including the tukutuku (woven panels) and whakatauki of the area, as well as the passing of their ancestors; while the Manuhiri (visitors) talked about where they had travelled from. In between each orator a waiata (song) was sung. After the koha, (gift) was laid down and accepted, both manuhiri and tangata whenua came together to greet each other through hongi.

We finished with kai (food) and korero (chatting) in the wharekai (dining hall). A most fitting way to start uLearn17.

Called onto the marae

Tessa Gray

Tessa Gray

Ko Tessa Gray toku ingoa, edSpace online facilitator. Passionate about growing thriving online communities. Based in the sunny Bay of Plenty.
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