Hui Fono Pōwhiri

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There will be a powhiri (formal welcome) to begin the Hui Fono. We trust the following guidelines will help you familiarise with the pōhiri process that observes the kawa (protocol) of one Te Atiawa who are one of the iwi (tribes) of Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington).

  1. Manuhiri (visitors) are to gather at the entrance to the marae at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke. ACE Aotearoa team members and the local advisory group will be there to meet you. Please arrive at 11:45 am (at least 15 minutes before the powhiri) to receive instruction on the proceedings. All mobile phones should be turned off at this time, or on silent.
  2. Kaikaranga (local host female caller) begins the pōwhiri with a karanga (call) to welcome you. The manuhiri kaikaranga (visitor’s female caller) will reply and lead you onto the marae atea (courtyard) and into the wharenui (venue). Wahine (women) are required to lead at the front of the procession, and tane (men) to follow behind. The karanga exchange will continue as the group moves forward, acknowledging those who have passed away and extending the welcome to the group. Please move as a group staying close behind the manuhiri kaikaranga (visitor’s female caller).
  3. Hongi is where two people gently press noses together, an action that symbolises a connection of the breath of life. It demonstrates that the manuhiri has been accepted into the wharenui in peace. You may hariru (shake hands) if appropriate, generally follow the lead from the local hosts. You may acknowledge tangata whenua by saying 'Tēna koe' followed by their name if it is known. After the hongi, make your way to your seat and remain standing. Pleaes note that men are required to sit at the front, and women behind.
  4. Karanga whakatau - after this final call of welcome, you may be seated.
  5. Whaikōrero (male speaker) from the local host will welcome you. It is usual to start with a karakia (spiritual acknowledgement or focus statement). They will also acknowledge the kaupapa (purpose) for the event. A waiata (song) shall follow each speaker to enhance and support what has been said. The opportunity to speak is then handed over to respond. The whaikōrero is concluded by the local host.
  6. Whakanoa is the process of removing the sacredness in the formalities of the ceremony, by sharing kai (food) with each other. This process will conclude the formal welcome.