Wanganui Local Customs

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  • Graveyards or Urupa

    by jobaby Written May 30, 2003

    An Urupa is the Maori name for a cemetary and on your visit, you may go for a walk around one.

    You may notice that there are bottles of water at the entrance or just inside the gate. These are not there for you to drink but are there for a purpose.

    When you leave, please use this water to wash your hands......its a sort of cleansing so that you dont take anything home and we all know these sorts of places are very spiritual.........need I say more.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel

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  • Please take your shoes off!

    by jobaby Written May 30, 2003

    If you have the chance to visit a Maori marae (pronounced ma-rye and is a meeting place), protocol expects you to remove your shoes before entering the house. This is so that you pay respect to the tipuna (the deceased ancestors) and that you dont carry bad omens in.
    Please note: this is expected in most if not all maraes.
    Please refer to my activities to do and I will explain more on Maraes, ok.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Museum Visits

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  • Acknowledgement to hello - maori style...lol

    by jobaby Written May 30, 2003

    Now this will be hard to write down as it is a gesture..........polite of course and acknowledges to another person, "hello".
    1. Tilt your head, from front to back.....ummm as if your shaking a fly off of your head....please note this is only one shake, do too many and your head will fly off...lol.

    2. In the same motion, raise your eyebrows...this may take some practice and is better to perfect it before you attempt it in public.

    No, im not having you on.........or am I? (NO)

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