Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pōwhiri on Monday 22nd May @ 2:30pm  

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All Amesbury families are invited along to welcome new staff, students and their families into the Amesbury School community... 

A pōwhiri is a traditional Maori ritual whereby the host people (tangata whenua) welcome visitors (manuhiri) to our "marae" - school. The process starts with a "karanga". Visitors are then led onto the "marae" (into the hall), where they will be welcomed by a haka. A short speech will be made by school staff. As a result of this encounter, the manuhiri are recognised as "friends" not "foe" and cease being manuhiri, but now count among the tangata whenua.

A "waiata" is sung and finally kai (food) is shared to complete the process. Traditionally this would be a hākari (feast), but at school we tend to share cake and biscuits.

RSVP is not required.

New families attending the pōwhiri are to meet in the library just before 2.30pm, where you will be met and guided through the ceremony, which takes approximately 15-20 minutes.

We hope to see you there! 

By Rachel Watson

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