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He Kete Mātauranga: Powhiri

Terms 1 and 2, 2018
Suitable for Years 5-8
Hospitality plays a significant role in the Māori world. Walk, sing and role play your way through the pōwhiri process.

Rituals of Encounter

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Year levels 1 - 8, maximum 30 students
$8 per student for a two-hour programme
He Taonga Māori gallery, Hotunui 
New Zealand Curriculum
Social Sciences: levels 1 - 4 
Health and Physical Education: levels 1 - 3
Related galleries and exhibitions
Te Ao Tūroa - Māori natural history gallery 


The pōwhiri is the formal process of bringing two groups together: tangata whenua (hosts), and manuhiri (guests).
In times of peace, Māori paid visits far and wide, reinforcing whakapapa links and resuming access to resources across their borders.
This programme explores three main components. 
In two groups your students will:
  • Take part in the pōwhiri (karanga, mihi, waiata and hongi)
  • Go ‘kai’ shopping in the gallery (hākari)
  • Learn a waiata and/or game to gift to others (ngahau)
Learn with us here at Auckland War Memorial Museum

This lesson is part of the He Kete Mātauranga programme, which aims to share the culture, politics and stories of our Māori ancestors.