Marae at Red — He kupu āwhina i ngā marae

Marae can open at Whero (Red), with indoor gatherings limited to 200 people.

Key points

  • Gatherings at marae can go ahead.
  • There can be up to 200 people in a single defined indoor space at the marae at a time.
  • There is no limit on outdoor gatherings.
  • Children, babies, whānau pani, paepae, taumata and ringawera are included in the gathering limits — but not people working (including volunteers).
  • Manuhiri (visitors to the marae) do not need to wear a face mask if they are the only group using the defined space and other manuhiri cannot mix.

Gatherings can go ahead

At Whero, gatherings at marae can go ahead.

Whānau, hapū and iwi may need to adapt their tikanga and kawa to meet public health guidelines.


Gathering limits

There can be up to 200 people in a single defined space at the marae at a time. This number includes tamariki under the age of 12 years and 3 months.

Defined spaces at Red

Whānau pani, paepae, taumata and ringawera are included in the number limits on marae.

There is no limit to the number of people who can attend if the gathering is outdoors.

You do not need to physically distance when attending a gathering at a marae.

Public and private gatherings at Red

Weddings and civil unions at Red

Funerals and tangihanga at Red

Face masks

Workers and volunteers at a marae must wear a face mask when indoors.

If you cannot wear a face mask, for example for medical reasons, you can get an exemption card.

Manuhiri (visitors to the marae) do not need to wear a face mask if their gathering is outdoors, or if the gathering is the only one using the defined space and other people cannot mix.

Manuhiri must wear a face mask if the defined space is indoors and shared with other groups or members of the public.

Face masks can be removed to eat or drink. They can also be removed by kaikōrero if they can keep 2 metres away from their audience at all times.

When you need to wear a face mask


Serving kai

You can serve kai.

Decisions about how to serve kai will be made by Marae Kōmiti. Marae may choose to continue using options like takeaway lunches or eating outside.

People serving or handling kai must wear a face mask.


Noho marae

Overnight stays are permitted on marae. The same rules apply as day time visits.


Keeping whānau safe

Marae often have large groups of people visiting and gathering together. There are some simple things marae can do to keep whānau safe:

  • Clean surfaces and rooms in between groups.
  • Ask people with cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms to stay home.
  • Modify tikanga that involves close contact — for example hongi and harirū.

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