For centuries, marae have been the heart of Maori communities and the events that take place there are central to the lives of all Maori. The marae is a place where Maori people can gather to celebrate special occasions, to talk or argue, to care for guests, pray and weep for their dead. Now, more and more non-Maori New Zealanders want to experience the unique feeling that comes with a marae visit. In this book, Wena Harawira introduces readers to marae customs and protocol, and answers many questions that first-time visitors to a marae may have. Highly visual and easily read, the book is an essential guide for all marae visitors.