Hui Fono Pōwhiri

The following guidelines will help you familiarise with the pōwhiri process that observes the kawa (protocol) of mana whenua (local people) of Te Rarawa.

  1. Manuhiri (visitors) are to gather at Korou Kore Marae, Ahipara. 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 (meeting house). 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. Hau kainga (the home people) kaikaranga will direct the manuhiri to the front of the wharenui where there will be a minute silence to acknowledge those that have passed (manuhiri will remain standing). Then they will be directed to sit on the right side of the wharenui. Kaumatua responding to the welcome should sit in the front seats in order of reply.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  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.