Ancient pa and kainga scatter Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka-a-Māui. This page provides a brief overview of marae in our region.

Māori lived communally, usually in kainga or in fortified pa. In more settled times communities lived close to cultivations, tauranga waka , water supply, and food and other resources (in rivers, estuaries, forests, the sea). When their security was threatened they resorted to pa on sites chosen for their view of surrounding countryside and/or sea, their defensibility, and their strategic value. Access to food, water, and waka transport was still important, but adaptations, such as storage pits for food and waka hulls to collect water, could be made.

Read more about 'Pa and Kainga' by Hilary and John Mitchell(external link) on the Prow website.


Te Āwhina Marae
Onetahua Marae - Pohara
Whakatū Marae

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