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Join your colleagues from around the globe on Tuesday, May 9, for an interesting and informative tour of child care centers in Auckland. You will depart from SKYCITY Hotel in the morning and return around 2:30 pm in plenty of time to prepare for the Opening Ceremonies at 7:00 pm.
Your lunch is included, and will be held at the beautiful and sacred Ngati Whatua Orakei – Orakei Marae (more information below).
If you plan to participate in this optional tour, plan to arrive in New Zealand no later than Monday, May 8. Cost is $95/person (non-refundable).
Ngati Whatua Orakei – Orakei Marae
Ōrākei Marae, sited just 10 minutes drive from downtown Auckland, is the only ancestral marae on the central Tāmaki isthmus. The whare tupuna (ancestral house) is Tumutumwhenua, named after Ngāti Whātua’s earliest ancestor.
The Marae Aatea – The Place of Welcome
If you are a manuhiri or first time visitor to the Ngati Whatua Orakei – Orakei Marae, you should expect to be welcomed as an honoured guest. The protocol of welcome or Powhiri, which takes place on all such marae, is a simple one.
The Powhiri recognises the coming together of two groups that are separated not only physically but also spiritually. It is a profound acknowledgement that we are all creatures of a spiritual realm. The marae Aatea is a tapu, or sacred, space and is often referred to as Te Turanga-o-Tu-te-ihiihi (the standing place of Tu Matauenga, the God of War). Alternatively it is also known as Te Turanga-o-Tane-i-te-wananga (the standing place of Tane Mahuta, God of Man).
More information on the Orakei Marae will be sent to Center Tour attendees.
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