Pōwhiri – Welcome ritual of encounter

Pōwhiri – Welcome ritual of encounter

Museums Australasia delegates will be welcomed to the conference on Monday morning with a pōwhiri (a welcome ritual of encounter) from Ngāti Whātua – tangata whenua (hosts) and local iwi (tribes) of Tāmaki Herenga Waka (Auckland).

We will assemble at the entrance to the Aotea Centre and wait for the karanga (call of welcome).  A kaikaranga (female caller) will respond to the call on our behalf as manuhiri (visitors), following which we will move into the venue, led by the women.  Tangata whenua will call and guide us in to be seated before whaikōrero (speeches).  Speakers from each side will be supported by waiata (song).  At the conclusion of the speeches, there will be harirū (shake hands) and hongi (press noses) before we join together for morning tea.

Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) museum colleagues and other Aotearoa New Zealand museum colleagues will be there to guide delegates if it’s your first experience of a pōwhiri.

For more information about marae protocol and pōwhiri, please go to:


Pōwhiri are traditionally held on the marae (meeting grounds) although tangata whenua can engage all spaces for ceremonial purposes as kaitiaki (guardians) across their ancestral landscape. Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei home fires are centred around the Ōrākei Marae (10 minutes from Auckland CBD).  The Kaitiaki Indigenous Hui will be held at Ōrākei Marae following the conference on Thursday 19 May 2016.

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