Aikman, Pounamu Jade William Emery, Australian National University, Australia
Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies Vol. 12 No. 2 (2015) - Articles
Within the Fourfold: Dwelling and Being upon the Marae
Abstract PDF Map of Wairaka: Te Whare o Toroa, and Rangataua: Te Pāhou. Kin assemble upon Wairaka during the ANZAC Day celebrations of 2013. The olive tree behind the waharoa of the marae, honouring the sacrifices made by kinsmen from Wairaka in Europe during World War II (particularly in Crete). Cousin Jo takes me to explore the wharenui, Hinekete. Aerial view of Wairaka (the collection of red-roofed buildings). Flowing closely out to sea is Ōhinemataroa, and Kāputerangi stands guard behind the marae. The front elevation of the wharenui delineated by Kāputerangi in the background. Metaphorical design of a wharenui. Each component represents a part of the body: the tāhuhu represents the backbone, the maihi the fingers, the pou tokomanawa the heart, and the tekoteko the face of the ancestor.