Facilitators: Hēmi Kelly and Jamie Cowell

Host: Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki, Auckland Government Women's Network

Venue: Papatuānuku Kōkiri Marae, Mangere

Date: Wednesday 10th February 2021

Attendance: approx. 50


We were extremely fortunate to have our first event of the year at this wonderful marae. 

Papatuānuku Kōkiri is known for its commitment to self-sufficient Māori communities and mahinga kai /food production, using hua parakore, an indigenous system and framework for growing kai. 

Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki members experienced heart-warming manaakitanga/hospitality, a powhiri and learnt how this and tikanga wāhine link back to creation stories.


Key Takeaways

  • Guidence and information on the protocols for visiting and conducting oneself in a marae. 
  • The initiatives that the marae are undertaking to create and maintain sustainability.
  • The link from Rangi and Papa, to the powhiri process and how the protocols link back to creation.
  • Knowledge on whare tangata and the link to Hine Nui Te Po to explain the background concept of tikanga.
  • Inspiration to make everyday an opportunity to practice te reo


Attendee feedback

"I couldn’t stop sharing what I learnt with my whanau last night."

"The experience was inspiring. The manaakitanga from the marae and kaiako made it such a special event to be a part of.
I feel humbled and grateful."

"I find AGWN events highly interesting and valuable as a woman working in the public sector."

"Such a lovely and inspiring group of women! I really enjoyed meeting with the AGWN wāhine and having a strong korero."



AGWN Marae visit-Luella, Jamie, Hēmi
AGWN Marae visit-attendees at tables
Facilitators watch workshop presentations
AGWN Marae visit-facilitators
Marae artwork
Attendees pose for picture during the workshop

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