Thursday, 16 June 2016

Powhiri Ceremony

A Powhiri is a welcoming ceremony between the visitors and the people of the marae. This is only performed by a woman.

Yesterday before we entered the Marae all the girls were addressed to stand in the front and all the Men/Boys (Warriors) stood at the back. During the Powhiri one of the women/wahine of the Marae and said something in Maori to welcome us on the Marae and Ana-Lei who was representing our school had replied back in Maori. As we approached the Wharenui it was if we were in an army.

The Powhiri sounded like a war cry which is used to call upon soldiers to fight a battle. When a Powhiri is performed the voices of the ladies are in high pitch. During the Powhiri to me it felt as if we were in a war, but in a war of peace. The Powhiri is a very important event to the Maori people because it welcomes the visitors and takes away all the sacredness in you. This was most of the school’s first time experiencing a Powhiri.

The Powhiri was a really good experience for us that are not Maori.


  1. The lady at the Marae welcoming the Manuhiri(Visitors) onto the Marae is doing a Karanga(Calling). When the lady places a leaf down it is to be picked up if you come in Peace or if not is a battle then.

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