Katipo Project Survival Kit


The giving of koha by the visiting party illustrates the principle of reciprocity which is a significant underlying principle in Maori society.
Koha does not mean a donation. It is not a token gesture, as a donation might be. Rather the giving of koha is an opportunity to reciprocate for something you have been given. A koha is at least of equal value if not more value than what you receive. Traditionally food was given by the visiting group to the hosts. Today money is often given as the koha helps towards the cost of hosting. Sometimes koha take other forms such as taonga (treasured possessions) or items of symbolic significance

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