Pōhiri (welcoming ceremony)
The pōhiri (welcoming ceremony) will be held at Te Herenga Waka marae (see https://www.victoria.ac.nz/documents/publications/tikanga-at-victoria.pdf)
There are specific protocols for this pōhiri so we will prepare conference participants 15 minutes before the ceremony.
As the manuhiri (visitors) assemble at the entrance of the marae (Māori community space), they should gather their thoughts for the pōhiri ahead. The speaker and/or leader of the group may recite a waerea (incantation) to prepare and protect the group.
The group should arrange themselves to walk on the marae together, with their female elders towards the front, the remaining women and children gathered behind them and the men flanking the group and bringing up the rear.
At Te Herenga Waka marae, all formal pōhiri procedures are conducted entirely in te reo Māori (the Māori language). After the Māori cultural formalities are over, however, visitors may be invited to give speeches in other languages.
This is the waiata (song) we will sing on the marae: