As part of our sculpture unit last term we visited the Rotorua Waiariki Institute of Technology (Mokoia Campus) just out of Rotorua.
As first-time visitors, we participated in the Powhiri (official welcome) onto the Tangatarua ("Two People") Marae grounds, and then were permitted to enter and view the wonderful carving works inside the Wharenui (meeting house). These are contemporary works and took three years to be completed under the instruction of master carver Lyonel Grant.
In the entrance I took some pics showing the detail and patterns. Each pattern has a traditional meaning, although these days many are adapted and recombined to reflect new ideas.
Now, don't laugh, here is my first attempt at carving. I know, pathetic really, but I was unbelievably proud of these little carvings. They are each about 3 cm square.
Rotorua - Roar - tore - roo - ah
Waiariki - Why - ah - ree - kee
Mokoia - More - koy - ee - ah
Powhiri - Poor - fee - ree
Tangatarua - Taa - ngaa - taa - roo - ah
Marae - Maa - rye - ee
Wharenui - Far - ray - noo - ee
Te Reo Maori - Tay Ray - or Mar - or -ree
Note: there is no emphasis on any one syllable over any other.
Disclaimer: These are as close as I can get to the pronunciation, as far as I know it. I'm not a fluent Te Reo (the language of) Maori speaker.