National Geographic : 1984 Oct
Sacred is the mountain Hikurangiand the river Waiapu to the NgatiPorou, who identify with these landmarks. Here in Tikitiki (above) 200 Ngati Porou live in small households like the pakeha, or EuropeanNew Zealanders,but gatherto celebrate special occasions in the Maoriway at their marae, a complex that includes a separate meetinghouse and dining hall, upper right. On a weekend at Tokomaru Bay (right)all ages play together in the marae dining hall, while a day-school fund-raiserat Te Kaha joins grandmotherswith twin granddaughters(left). Maoris reserve their meetinghousesfor serious talk and ceremonialoccasions.