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Introducing The Spinoff Ātea, an online community for Māori perspectives and insight

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ĀTEA Introducing The Spinoff Ātea, an online community for Māori perspectives and insight | Ātea Editor
October 2, 2017
No more ‘us’ and ‘them’, writes Ātea editor Leonie Hayden. In pōwhiri, women karanga to welcome guests onto the marae and to settle the spirits of the dead. This role is symbolic of the fact that only women can bring forth life. Men sit on the paepae and give the whaikōrero, trading and sparring with words, to symbolise battle, and the protection of life-bearing women (there are exceptions in some hapū but the idea is that men are expendable). The marae ātea is the open area in front of the wharenui where this ritual of encounter takes place. It is the domain of Tūmatauenga, the god of war and people. To show respect for the mana of Tūmatauenga, whaikōrero between those on the front benches should be forceful and filled with confidence and passion. When it is done, those that were at war greet one another, share breath and then food. Welcome to The Spin…