- Dress respectfully. Long skirts are preferable for women.
- Smoking during pōwhiri (welcome) and inside marae buildings is not allowed.
- Remove your shoes when entering a wharenui (ancestral meeting house).
- Do not walk in front of speakers, go around instead, or wait.
- In the wharekai (dining hall), lend a hand with dishes and cooking, and do not sit on tables or kitchen benches as these surfaces are for food.
- When arranging a visit to a marae, preparation is important. Find out the local kawa (protocols), organise your kaikaranga (women caller), kaikōrero (speech makers - male, unless advised otherwise), and waiata (songs) to support speech makers.
- Koha (a monetary gift) is not given at business meetings, but a gift exchange is appropriate, especially with Asian cultures. This can be done as guests depart.
Visiting a marae is a wonderful and unique experience. Be prepared and you will enjoy the experience immensely.