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He Tohu Kahurangi, He Tohu Rangatira

If you are considering receiving the facial markings from Turumakina, we ask that you peruse this page to gain an understanding of the protocols and processes one must go through to embark on the journey of mataora/kauae.  Mataora & Kauae are reservedly for those of Maori descent only. To wear the markings of your ancestors proudly, it is necessary to also understand the history of these markings. 

Some of the korero shared here comes from a variety of sources and also from a personal standpoint. Do note that not all moko artists or moko enthusiasts espouse to this peka korero. For as many diverse marae and hapu there are, there are also just as many diverse tikanga, korero and beliefs.