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He Kete Mātauranga: Pōwhiri

Terms 1 and 2, 2018

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 9-13, 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 for the meeting of two groups, tangata whenua, hosts, and manuhiri, visitors. In times of peace, Māori paid visits far and wide, reinforcing their whakapapa links or resuming access to resources across their borders. This programme explores three basic components: pōwhiri (meet and greet); hākari (sharing of kai); ngahau (entertainment) 
In two groups for this lesson, your students will: 
  • take part in the pōwhiri process - karanga, mihi, waiata tautoko, hongi
  • go kai 'shopping' in the gallery
  • learn a waiata or game to gift to others 
Learn here with our Kaiako 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.