Karakia was held in outside in front of the whare each evening after tea. It was led by the duty group and people from within he group led each phase of the evening including mihi, karakia, himene and korero. The first night in the awa karakia was held at Ohinepane where the slopping hill formed something of an amphitheatre and the singing had to be heard to be believed.
A similar experience was had a Whitianga where the ‘service’ took place in a wilderness around a huge bonfire.
Every karakia was different but each was special in some way whether that was made so by the singing, the korero, or something else.