15-18 April 2018, Waitangi, Bay of Islands, Northland AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND

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Ma Wai ra - http://folksong.org.nz/ma_wai_ra/index.html (sung at powhiri)

Pokarekare ana http://folksong.org.nz/pokarekare/ (sung at powhiri)

Te Aroha - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uefJdSCkzPo

He Honore - http://folksong.org.nz/he_honore/index.html

Tutira mai nga iwi - http://folksong.org.nz/tutira_mai_nga_iwi/index.html

Tai aroha - http://folksong.org.nz/tai_aroha/index.html

Pōwhiri (ceremonial welcome)

On Sunday all delegates attending the World Indigenous Tourism Summit will be welcomed formally by the host (tangata whenua) Iwi (tribe) Ngapuhi. The pōwhiri (ceremonial welcome) has been performed by Māori for many generations when welcoming visitors to their lands.


It is important to dress appropriately for this ceremony. It is usual for women to dress modestly and wear a skirt or dress, and men to be dressed smartly and wear long pants. Ladies please wear flat shoes for comfort because we will be walking some distance on the lawn. If you prefer to wear your traditional attire that is welcomed as well.

Prior to the pōwhiri

Please meet at 3.15pm at the Copthorne for a briefing on the pōwhiri before we make our way to the Treaty Grounds as a group. The ceremony goes through different stages as outlined below.

On arrival at the Treaty Grounds there will be a challenge from warriors. We will witness fierce gesticulations and stance of the warriors who will lay a baton or branch for the manuhiri (visitors) to pick up. Ben Sherman as the Chairman of WINTA will pick up the baton on behalf of the visitors. For this part of the ceremony a representative group of the men will stand in front to accept the challenge.


Once the baton has been picked up, the call of the kai karanga (the female caller) from the host Iwi will start. This is the signal for the visitors to proceed forward. It is customary during this part of the ceremony for the women to walk in front of the men. The kai karanga from both the host Iwi and visitors will exchange calls as the visitors proceed slowly toward the Whare Runanga.

The visitors will be guided into the Whare Runanga. Please remove your shoes before entering the Whare Runanga. It is also customary for men to occupy the front seats and the women to sit behind them. Please remain standing on first entering the Whare Runanga. A small group from NZ Māori Tourism and WINTA will advance to the back of the Whare Runanga where the mauri Kaitiaki (life-force and spiritual guardian) of the Summit will be placed.

Once the mauri is placed and the group has come to their seats there will be an indication for all visitors to be seated.

What follows is a series of whaikorero (speeches) and the host Iwi leads these. There will be two speakers from the host Iwi, and two speakers from the visitors. These speeches are in te reo Māori (Māori language). The two speakers on behalf of the visitors will be representatives from from NZ Māori Tourism, and WINTA as co-hosts of the Summit. The first waiata will be Ma wai ra e Taurima, and the second waiata is Pokarekare Ana. The words for the waiata will be provided to you upon registration or click on the song names above to listen to them. Once the visitors have spoken, the host Iwi makes the final speech. At the end of the whaikorero (speeches) the tangata whenua (host Iwi) will indicate to the manuhiri (visitors) to come in a certain direction, in line, to shake hands (hariru) and hongi (press noses) with the tangata whenua. All visitors will take part in this.

The formal welcome and reply protocols are now over and it is at this point that we will all proceed back to the Copthorne for the hakari (feast). The food for the hakari is cooked by the traditional method of using heated rocks buried in an earth pit.

After the powhiri

Everyone will then return to the Copthorne, where we will gather in the dining area. At 6 pm a karakia (prayer) will be offered first to bless the food before we enjoy the feast.

The Logo - Matau Design

This concept is centred on the Matau (fish-hook). Bound and worn as a Taonga (treasure), they are often used as necklaces representing prosperity, abundance and authority. Synonymous with indigenous tribes across the world, they are also seen as good luck charms for Māori people, particularly for those travelling over water. The Matau connects us to the great demigod Maui, who took his magic hook and fished up the North Island of Aotearoa/New Zealand. The binding represents the unification of people, and the central koru formed by the hook, is symbolic of our intrinsic connection to Papatuanuku (Earth Mother).

Common Māori Phrases and Words

Kia ora  Hello. Also used to express thanks 
Haere mai Welcome
Ka pai Very good
Ka kite Goodbye
Ata marie Good morning
Po marie Good night
Tangata whenua    People of the land
Manuhiri Visitors
Karakia Prayer
Hikoi Walk
Korero Talk


15-18 April 2018, Waitangi, Bay of Islands, Northland AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND

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