However there is another allusion linked to this character that warrants our attention: Toko's birth mother is Mary, a young woman whose attachment to what she calls 'loving-man', one of the carved poupou in the wharenui
, is represented as leading to physical closeness: 'they put their arms round each other holding each other closely, listening to the beating and the throbbing and the quiet of their hearts' (p.
The marae atea (the courtyard in front of the wharenui
) is prepared in a special way according to the custom of each sub-tribe and region.
The key thing was getting all cleaned up as a constant reminder of the negative and allowing everyone to focus on the future and the new wharenui
and wharekai which was a shell.
Marae--tribal meeting ground, complex of buildings including wharenui
Visitors walk under the bargeboards of a wharenui
(traditional Maori meeting house) decorated in whale-like patterns and topped with a carving of a whale rider.
In Maori culture, the wharenui
(meeting house) situated on the marae (ceremonial ground) is the most significant site of Maoritanga as it is--and this should inspire the scholar/critic--a prominent site for dialogue and cultural exchange.
entering a wharenui
with powhiri and mihimihi can lead to a discussion
These pots, in other words, evidently were the Lapita equivalent of New Zealand Maori wharenui
, or meeting houses (Chiu 2005: 15; Hakiwai and Terrell 1994).
* attendance at the launch of SCAF at the local marae, and involvement in subsequent discussions in the wharenui
For the following three days intense discussion and debate took place within the wharenui
, keynote speakers setting the scene for their specialist topic, and smaller working groups pursuing issues and ideas.