In the Marae context, atea is the space, the domain, where motives are scrutinised and propositions debated. This is a new space to explore with others what New Zealand identity looks like. Te Kura Houatea o Niu Tiireni. Te Atea Hou, ATEA College. We assert the Treaty of Waitangi as the foundation of Kiwi identity.
"The fact that Maori took an active part in the war produced a number of positive things. Maori have a higher profile in New Zealand life. The Treaty of Waitangi has been given a status unthought of pre-war…’*
* Sir Henare Ngata, BA, BCom; officer in the Maori Battalion. Writing about Maori participation in World War Two