Tikanga Māori (Māori customary values and practices)


Nau mai, haere mai ki Aotearoa!

(Welcome to New Zealand!)

At the 2019 AASA Conference, ‘Decolonizing Animals’, we will be trying to abide by some of the values, practices and forms of etiquette (tikanga) of Māori as the indigenous culture of this country. What follows are some tips for manuhiri (visitors) regarding how to make yourself at home during the conference while showing courtesy towards the tāngata whenua (people of the land or indigenous population). Please don’t feel nervous about these: it’s easy to forget when you’re in a new place. But also, don’t be surprised, if (for example) you sit on a desk, if someone asks you not to!

Please download our Tips on Tikanga Māori