Papakura marae, Auckland

Among the most visible features of New Zealand’s Maori culture are the many carved meeting houses (Wharenui) located on meeting grounds (marae) all over the country.   A work assignment this week took me to Papakura marae in South Auckland.  This beautiful building was erected in the 1980’s.  It features something I’ve never seen before: an Air New Zealand jet in on one of the front panels.  No, this is not clever sponsorship or product placement.  The aircraft was placed in the carving as a reminder about old and new technologies of travel.

Papakura Marae in South Auckland, New Zealand

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