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(NZ) a traditional Māori tribal meeting place, originally one in the open air, now frequently a purpose-built building
(in Polynesia) an open-air place of worship
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  • I recognised at once the old priest of the marae, but how changed since I last saw him!

    The Island Home Richard Archer
  • The people sat there on the marae, silently watching the burning of the dead.

  • They selected a body, and dragged it off to the cooking-place at the rear of the marae.

  • Bent found a large number of Maoris, about three hundred, assembled on the marae, the village parade ground.

  • At length a Maori unfastened the door of the whar, and, taking Bent by the hand, led him out on to the marae.

  • Titokowaru glared at his white man, then he went to the door of the council-house and called to the people in the marae to enter.

  • A council of the people was held on the marae, and the killing of Kane was narrated in minutest and barbaric detail.

  • That morning, after he had supplied the men with ammunition, he sat on the marae watching the war-dances.

  • Von Tempsky's body, the pakeha-Maori had observed while on the marae, had not been mutilated, except for that tomahawk cut.

  • The women were gathered in the marae and in the trenches, some armed, all filled with the fire of savage war.

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