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Catherine Duchess of Cambridge performs the hongi as she visits Christchurch City Council Buildings.


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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is greeted by New Zealand prime minister with a hongi, a traditional Māori greeting, during his visit. Photograph: David Rowlands/AAP


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived in New Zealand , where they were given a traditional Maori greeting - rubbing noses with Maori elders as they received a hongi.

10/28/2018 10:31:00 AM

Touching down in Wellington for the final leg of their royal tour, the couple rubbed noses with Maori elders as they received a hongi.


Powhiri /ˈpɔːfɪrə/ : a Maori welcoming ceremony.

A pōwhiri (called a pōhiri in eastern dialects, and pronounced [ˈpɔːʔwiɾi] in the Taranaki-Whanganui area) is a Māori welcoming ceremony involving speeches, cultural performance, singing and finally the hongi. It is used to both welcome guests onto a marae or during other ceremonies, such as during a dedication of a building (where the owners or future users of the building might be welcomed).



What are the 7 steps of a pōwhiri?
Pōwhiri usually consists of the following stages:
  • Karanga (call) This is the first and unique call of welcome in the pōwhiri. ...
  • Whaikōrero (speeches) Formal speech making follows the karanga. ...
  • Waiata (song) ...
  • Koha (gift) ...
  • Harirū (shaking hands) ...
  • Kai (food)


Huirapa Marae, Karitane, Otago.

A pōwhiri encapsulates the formal welcome ceremony onto the marae, starting with the initial karanga (call) from the tangata whenua (people of the land, the hosts) right up to the sharing of kai. This process also removes the tapu (sacredness) from the manuhiri (visitors), who are referred to as waewae tapu (literally, sacred feet) if they are first-time visitors to that particular marae.

There are two main types of kawa observed during pōwhiri, and within this, several variations.

They are tau utuutu (or tū mai, tū atu) and paeke:

  • Tau Utuutu
    A kaikōrero (speaker) on the tangata whenua side starts, followed by a speaker from the manuhiri (visitors). Each side alternates, however the tangata whenua conclude (which means that they always require one extra speaker than the visitors: they both start the whaikōrero and conclude it)
  • Paeke
    All of the kaikōrero on the tangata whenua (host) side speak first, after which, all of the kaikōrero on the manuhiri side respond.

What follows is a step-by-step account of the pōwhiri (which can either be held inside the wharenui, or outside the wharenui on the marae atea), outlining what is expected of you at each stage.

The following is what you might expect to see when being welcomed outside the wharenui on the marae atea:


A challenge which attempts to determine the intent of the manuhiri, which, once established, clears the way for the rest of the welcome ceremony.


A series of ‘calls’ usually conducted by elder women, alternating between the tangata whenua (who starts the karanga; you cannot enter the marae grounds until you hear this call) and the manuhiri. It involves incantations both to the living (those gathered) and the dead (those who have passed on) and begins the exchange of information to establish the purpose of the visit.



While this starts with the gathering of the manuhiri outside the gate to the marae (therefore before the karanga), the whakaeke refers to the ‘going onto’ the marae, entering the tapu (sacred) grounds, once the karanga has started.


Haka pōwhiri*

This is a chant/dance of welcome whereby the manuhiri are symbolically drawn onto the marae.


This refers to the formal speeches (which usually have a set format: see below), the exchange of greetings made by the speakers (usually male) from both sides. Oratory is much prized and upholds the mana (prestige) of the side speaking (for example, the tangata whenua and/or manuhiri). An expert in oratory will display his knowledge of whakapapa (genealogy) and mythology, as well as his mastery of language, rhetoric and dramatic presentation. During whaikōrero, links between those gone before us (ancestors) and those present are made, and genealogical links between the tangata whenua and manuhiri are emphasised. The kaupapa (purpose) of the occasion is also discussed, as might the current issues and concerns.


Waiata kīnaki

Waiata kīnaki (song which relishes the speech-making) is performed after each whaikōrero. The quality and intent of the waiata kīnaki is critical, as once again, it upholds the mana of that group (i.e. the tangata whenua or manuhiri) and embellishes the exchanges made during the whaikōrero.



At the conclusion of the whaikōrero, the manuhiri will present a koha (gift) to the tangata whenua, symbolising thanks to the hosts for the manaakitanga (hospitality) extended to them. Someone from the manuhiri (usually their last speaker) enters the marae atea and lays a koha down before the tangata whenua, who in turn, have one of their kaikōrero to collect it. You may hear acknowledgement of the koha from the kaikaranga (caller) from the host side. Contemporarily, the koha is in the form of money, but in the past, it would have been food or valued taonga (treasures).



Nearing the conclusion of the pōwhiri, the manuhiri now move across the marae atea to hongi the tangata whenua. This involves the shaking of hands and a gentle pressing of noses (possibly also a kiss on the cheek, signifying the sacred breath of life – the mauri (life principle) – mingling together as the two become one.


Kai/kapū tī

The sharing of kai (food) and kapū tī (cup of tea) concludes the whakanoa (making ‘ordinary’) process of the pōwhiri, the final removal of tapu from the manuhiri. It is where the very best kai is reserved for the visitors, including delicacies from that area (such as tītī (muttonbirds) and tio (oysters) from Murihiku/Southland). As a mark of respect, the manuhiri are fed first; kaumātua (elders) and tamariki (children) next, followed by the pakeke (adults). Kaumātua and tamariki from the tangata whenua then eat, followed by everyone else. As in other cultures, the provision and sharing of kai symbolises the final binding together of the tangata whenua and the manuhiri as the two groups now merge for the remainder of the hui (gathering).


(* these parts of the pōwhiri only occur nowadays in special circumstances to welcome esteemed or prestigious guests)


Barack Obama welcomed to Auckland with beautiful powhiri

Mar 22, 2018 

                    The former US President was treated to a dose of Maori culture at Government House today.



Powerful pōwhiri for Barack Obama

Mar 22, 2018 

Former US president Barack Obama has been officially welcomed to New Zealand at Government House in a rousing haka performed by Auckland’s Selwyn College students.

Barack Obama receives once in a generation official welcome to New Zealand

Mar 22, 2018 


His trip has been a whirlwind tour of luxury golf courses and a stirring Maori welcome.