Maori Values

Waitangi Treaty Grounds Marae

Maori Marae (meeting house) on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in New Zealand

“He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!”
“What is the most important thing in the world? It is people! It is people! It is people!”

“He tangata takahi manuhiri, he marae puehu.”
“A person who mistreats his guest has a dusty Marae (meeting house)” — meaning, someone who disregards his visitors will soon find he has no visitors at all.

Hospitality, respect for and interest in other people has top priority in Maori society. However, there are rules! As outsider you cannot simply enter a Marae (meeting house) and mingle; you have to wait for the invitation of a tribal member.

On the Waitangi Treaty Grounds — the historic place where Maori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown — visitors are usually invited by the guides to enter the Marae on the photo above, which represents not only one tribe but the unity of Maori throughout New Zealand. It’s easily the most beautiful building I’ve entered in Aotearoa!

Photo details (please click on the image for best quality):
Canon EOS 60D, 17mm, ISO 4000, F9, 1/15 sec., no filter, no flash.
Panorama stitched out of 5 single exposures.

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2 thoughts on “Maori Values

  1. Hi,
    ist das wirklich ISO 4000? Macht die 60D gar kein Bildrauschen in solchen Situationen? Auf jeden Fall ein tolles Bild, bin beeindruckt!
    Liebe Grüße
    ulli

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    • Danke Ulli! Ja, das ist definitiv ISO4000. Ich hatte nämlich leider kein Stativ dabei und musste aus der Hand fotografieren; also wollte ich unter 1 Sekunde Belichtungszeit bleiben. War selbst überrascht wie gut das Bild trotzdem geworden ist… Die 60D ist in der Hinsicht nicht schlecht. Aber spätestens bei ISO6400 rauscht es gewaltig ;)

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