Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Koroniti Marae Pt 2

This is part of an old canoe prow that stands near the entrance to Koroniti marae, on the Wanganui River Rd.
There was a sign saying visitors could wander in freely at most times. But in more formal situations, visitors (manuhiri) are welcomed onto the marae in a ceremony (powhiri) during which they sit on these seats opposite the marae buildings.
Here is the gate outside the marae at Koroniti. Koroniti is a Maori form of "Corinth". On this river road you also find Hiruharama (Jerusalem), Atene (Athens), London etc.

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