The kawa (protocol) for Waikawa Marae is Te Ātiawa.  

Manuhiri assemble at the waharoa (front gateway).

Kaikaranga in front, wāhine in the middle and tāne flanking at the sides.



A personal koha is part of the tikanga of coming onto a marae and is collected by manuhiri before entering the waharoa. It is given over upon entry to the wharenui  - passed hand to hand - to our first speaker on the marae paepae.  



We determine that that the role of kaikaranga is reserved for those adult women with the knowledge and experience required to uphold it - as such rangatahi (young girls) do not undertake this role on Waikawa Marae.

The first call is from us, the tangata whenua, and then responded to by you.  

Manuhiri proceed to the flag pole, then pause briefly to pay respects to the mate (the deceased).

After the last call (from us), you will enter the wharenui, Arapaoa, leaving shoes placed neatly on the mahou (verandah).

All tāne enter first – a Te Ātiawa tikanga of protection for our wāhine and tamarki.


Hongi and Hariru:

The hongi – touch nose to nose - and hariru come first upon entry into the wharenui; and then you proceed accordingly along the row of tangata whenua to the seating arrangement.  Tāne only sit on the front row of seats. Please ensure your wāhine have a seat before tamariki.



Our kawa is paeke, therefore once all our speakers and supporting waiata are completed, we will indicate to you to respond accordingly.

Please ensure your kaikōrero (formal speakers) are adult males as it is not our kawa to whaikōrero to a youth, child or female.   

The mauri is then passed back to us and we close the ceremony with a karakia and a himene (often “He Hōnore, He Korōria”), that we all join together and sing.

He hōnore, he korōria

Maungārongo ki te whenua

Whakaaro pai e ki ngā tangata katoa

Ake ake, ake ake. Āmine.

Te Atua, te piringa toku oranga.


After this you will be invited to share kai with us in the wharenui Whakakotahi.


• Should tangihanga occur where a hui is pre-booked, the marae will negotiate with the party concerned to alter their visit date or aim to find an alternative venue.

• Should tangihanga occur when manuhiri are already being accommodated on the marae, the marae will negotiate with the party concerned to free up the marae as soon as practicable.