Powhiri

Welcome to the University of Auckland:
Venue: Waipapa Marae, Meeting house Tāne-nui-a-rangi (16 Wynyard Street).

Below is a brief guide to the procedure for attending a Māori Welcome (Pōwhiri) at Waipapa Marae at the University of Auckland.

The University of Auckland Marae is meant for use by all students and staff. It represents all tribes however the marae is on the land of the local tribe (iwi) Ngati Whātua ki Orākei. The name of the meeting house acknowledges this connection and Pōwhiri ceremonies generally follow their tribal protocols.

The Marae is next to the Department of Māori Studies at 16 Wynyard Street. Guests are asked to meet at the gate to the Marae, at the Alten Rd end of Wynyard St (a gated university entrance). Please wait until a host appears to guide you through the protocols.

The welcome will take place in the meeting house, please be prepared to take your shoes off before entering the meeting house, and no food or drink can be taken into the venue.

Be patient, many parts of the ritual cannot be organized till just prior to the Pōwhiri. A representative from the host side will liaise with visitors at the gate before the Pōwhiri starts to ensure protocols are clearly understood. The women enter first, with the men to the sides and back. The elders, or respected male and female leaders are generally in the front.

The first voice heard by the guests as they approach will be that of a woman in the karanga (wailing call of welcome performed solely by women). The language of the karanga will be Maori. Women as hosts will start and conclude the karanga. We would be grateful if the guest response is handled by women who have appropriate expertise, however we will be able to provide someone.

Your group will walk slowly on to the Marae and into the meeting house. You will be guided to seats (either chairs, or mattresses depending on numbers). Please leave the front chairs for people speaking on your behalf. The protocols of this Marae place men in the front seats and women behind. This is associated with the gender specific roles of the ritual and is not meant to be disrespectful. Please leave Western frameworks at the gate of the marae. This is a culturally safe place for Māori ritual.

Maori will be the language on the marae and in the opening parts of the ceremony in the meeting house. Male representatives will start and conclude the speechmaking protocols (whaikorero) during the Pōwhiri. We would be grateful if the guest response is handled by men with appropriate expertise, however we can provide someone.

We will not provide interpreters for the speech making, however a brief translation/explanation will be provided after each speech in English. After the initial speechmaking English can and will be used.

All the speakers from the host side will speak first and then the guests. The number is variable. Following each speaker, a song is sung. It is preferred that this be a traditional waiata. We will guide those that are unfamiliar with our repertoire. Do not panic, you can leave it to the professionals, and listen and enjoy. Singers will sit following the song to allow the speaker to conclude.

Waiata

Ehara i te mea1
Nō nāianei te aroha
Nō nga tūpuna
Tuku iho, tuku ihoTe whenua, te whenua
Te oranga o te iwi
Nō nga tūpuna
Tuku iho, tuku iho

Whakapono, tumanako
Te aroha te aroha;
Nō nga tūpuna
Tuku iho, tuku iho.

Not the thing
of recent times, is love
but by the ancestors it has been
passed down, passed down.From the land, the land
comes the wellbeing of the people;
by the ancestors it has been
passed down, passed down.

Faith, hope
and love;
by the ancestors they have been
passed down, passed down.

The protocols are flexible and we will shoulder tap appropriate guests to speak, in English in response to the hosts. Provision for women to speak will be made, as necessary, following the powhiri. Both men and women shall wear respectful attire.

At the end of this ceremony guests are invited to Harirū. This is where the guests cross the meeting house to greet the hosts with a handshake and hongi. We will guide you. The hongi recreates the creation story. We touch noses and foreheads and breath in with the recipient. Just watch and you will see how it is done. We advise you to keep your eyes open during this moment so you do not hurt the recipient of your hongi.

After this we break the ritual with food and drink in the dining room (Wharekai) next to the meeting house. Traditionally this is an opportunity for the hosts to show off their wealth and their food specialties specific to the area. In reality, we will provide small morning tea nibbles. Generally, there will be a Karakia Whakapai Kai (Blessing) before partaking of food. Once this is completed, this Marae, Waiapapa is your Marae for the duration of your stay in Auckland.

Once we have met and mingled you are invited to look around the Marae and the meeting house. The first Key note address will take place in the Meeting house at 11:00 am.

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