Nau mai, haere mai ki tōku Marae. Kō Anahera tōku ingoa. Ka waiho au hei ringa āwhina i a koe i te haerenga.
Hello and welcome to my Marae, my name is Anahera. I will be your helping hand during your visit.
Pāwhiritia au kia haere tonu
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The History of Pōwhiri
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Before going onto the Marae, allow enough time for arrival for any matters that arise before being welcomed on.
The Manuhiri (guests) should be gathered by the Waharoa (front entrance) and wait for the Karanga from the Tangata Whenua (locals)
Make sure you’re dressed appropriately (either black or dark appropriate clothing) and ensure your cell phone is switched off.
Shortly after, the Manuhiri will present a Koha (gift) to the hosts. At the end of the Pōwhiri, both parties will be invited to come and Hongi (pressing of noses) and Harirū (shaking hands).
Once seated, the Whaikōrero (speech) will commence by the hosts and visitors. At the end of each speech, a Waiata (song) is sung for support.
A Kaikaranga (caller) from the Tangata Whenua will begin to call forth the Manuhiri, and the Kaikaranga from the Manuhiri will respond. The Manuhiri will being to move onto the Marae, while this is happening the Tangata Whenua will start their Haka Pōwhiri until the Manuhiri are on the Marae, then both parties will be seated.
To end the Pōwhiri, the groups will come together and enjoy a Hākari (feast), which lifts the tāpu (sacredness) of the Pōwhiri. In the evening, the Mihimihi (speeches) commence, in which people stand and introduce themselves and their ancestral ties. The conclusion of a Pōwhiri is called a Poroporoaki, where the visitors thank the Tangata Whenua for their hospitality and begin to leave.
Tēna rawa atu koe mo te toro ki tōku Marae, e tumanako ana au ki te kite ano ia koe
Thank you for visiting my Marae, I hope to see you again again. Haere rā e hoa.
Traditionally Pōwhiri were an important way of ascerting whether people were friends or enemies. Visitors may have been planning to attack the village or the Tangata Whenua may have an unwelcomed plan for the Manuhiri.
While on the Marae, you may encounter people who might speak Māori. Here are some simple greetings to use to greet and interact with them.
Kia Ora — Hello
Mōrena — Good morning
Ata Mārie — Peaceful morning
Ahiahi Mārie — Good afternoon
Tēnā Koe — Hello to one person
Tēnā Koutou — Formal greeting to multiple people