Faculty of Education and Social Work

Faculty of Education and Social Work Pōwhiri

Protocols for staff, students and visitors attending pōwhiri at Tūtahi Tonu marae on the Epsom Campus. All newcomers to the campus are officially welcomed at the marae as close as possible to their arrival at the University.

Te Aka Matua O Te Pou Hawaiki Marae: Tikanga Mo Te Pōwhiri


Faculty of Education and Social Work Epsom Campus Marae Pōwhiri Guidelines

Protocols differ from Marae to Marae and this guide gives staff, students and visitors an idea of how the pōwhiri is carried out at Tūtahi Tonu marae in The University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work in Epsom.

All newcomers to the University Campus must be afforded an official welcome at the marae as close as possible to their arrival on Campus i.e before students start classes or before new Academic and Professional staff start in their new position.

If the group is over 100 + then they will be divided into two i.e there will be two pōwhiri held.

If the weather is fine the pōwhiri will be held outside on the marae ātea. If the weather is wet and the group is 45 or more people the pōwhiri will be diverted to the Music Auditorium.

The process is as follows:

Groups will select a kaikaranga (an adult female) able to return the welcoming call from tangata whenua, or one or two kaikorero (adult male speakers) to respond to the kaikorero tangata whenua.

The group gathers together closely at the waharoa which is the gateway to the marae atea. (forecourt between the waharoa and the wharenui).

The karanga (welcoming call) from tangata whenua (adult female) is given. This acknowledges the arrival of manuhiri (visitors) and invites manuhiri to move slowly and respectfully onto the marae led by an adult female followed by women and children, in turn followed or flanked by the men.

Please ensure all mobile phones are turned off, nobody is eating, and everyone is respectfully listening to the kaikaranga while moving onto the marae and during the procedure of the pōwhiri.

The karanga also acknowledges the kaupapa (reason) for their visit, who they are, and if known where they are from. Finally – it accepts the manuhiri have come in peace.

Once manuhiri have reached their seats, they should remain standing until the kaikorero tangata whenua indicates that they may sit.

Order of speeches

The first kaikorero tangata whenua will open up the welcoming speeches, followed by a waiata, then kaikorero manuhiri will be offered the right of reply which on the marae should be in Māori.

There may be more than one speaker on the manuhiri side. Each speech is followed by an appropriate waiata.

If there is a koha it is normally laid down by the last speaker for the manuhiri followed by a waiata, and then picked up and/ or acknowledged by tangata whenua.

This completes the pōwhiri, and manuhiri will now be invited to move across to “hariru” to tangata whenua.

This in turn is followed by sharing of a light meal or a cup of tea together.

Kia ora koutou. You are now tangata whenua and part of the Faculty Whānau.