Before you register for the conference, please read this entire section of the website. It covers information about the venue, Maketū marae, marae protocol, accommodation options, transport options, catering during the conference, Regional Roundup, the optional post-conference field trip, things to do in Kāwhia and a map of the area.
Maketū Marae is situated on the northern shores of the Kāwhia Harbour and is considered the heart of the Waikato iwi because it is the final resting place of the Tainui Waka. The waka is buried at the base of Te Ahurei and is marked by 2 sacred kōhatu (limestone pillars), Hani and Puna. Te Ahurei is noted as the first Aotearoa Wānanga as it was here that Hoturoa, the Captain and Rakataura, the high Priest gave prayers of thanks for their safe voyage.
The Wharenui, Auau Ki Te Rangi, is named after Hoturoa’s father. Directly behind the wharenui overlooking the harbour is the main wharekai, Te Tini o Tainui. On the seaward side of the Wharenui is Te Rūruhi Tuarua a smaller self-contained building- (sleeping, dining and kitchen) so named as the original building had to be demolished and then rebuilt as it was under threat of coastal erosion. A seawall has now been built to help stop the erosion.
The pōwhiri will start at 8.00am on Wednesday 20 March. Please wear smart casual clothing and gather at the waharoa/marae entrance. Manuhiri/visitors will be welcomed on with a karanga/formal welcome call. Women should be at the front as we walk onto the marae, men behind. No shoes are to be worn in the wharenui and no photos can be taken in the wharenui.
When we go inside the wharenui, go to the seating on the right. Men should be seated at the front and women should be seated behind. If you are unsure of what to do, please follow others. We will provide the words of our waiata in the conference handbook. You are most welcome to sing with us.