Definitions for "Marae"
The marae is a place of deep significance for Māori, as it is a symbol of tribal identity and solidarity. The marae consists of a meeting house, called the whare nui, a whare kai or dinning hall as well as the marae atea, the sacred space in front of the whare nui.
outdoor temple
Community meeting space
Keywords:  hapu, whanua, whanau, iwi, centre
Significant gathering area of whanua, hapu or Iwi-connected usually with an Ancestor
an indigenous community centre )
Traditional premises of a Whanau or Hapu centred on a large community building where meetings, funerals and other social occasions occur.