Pōwhiri – Welcome ritual of encounter

MA17 delegates will be welcomed to the conference on Monday morning with a pōwhiri (a welcome ritual of encounter) from the Rangitāne iwi (tribe) the tangata whenua (hosts) of the Manawatū region.

We will assemble at the Palmerston North Convention 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.

Te Manawa 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. Te Rangimārie is one of the marae of Rangitāne in the Manawatū (15 minutes from Palmerston North CBD).  The EMP Huakina Conference on 20th /21st May 2017 and the Kaitiaki Indigenous Hui on 25th /26th May 2017 will be held at Te Rangimārie Marae.

For more information about Rangitane and Te Rangimarie Marae, please go to: