[Māori] HE KUPU WHAKATAU

[English] WORDS OF WELCOME

E ngā manuhiri tūārangi nō ngā tai e whā, haere mai, haere mai, haere mai!  Tomo mai rā ki roto i te tatau e tuhera atu nei. Kawea mai rā o tātau tini mate kia tangi tahitia ai e tātau.  Haere mai hoki, kia āta-wānangahia ai e tātau te kaupapa nei, arā, te hohou i te rongo ki waenganui i te tangata.  Heoi anō, kia hora te marino, kia papa pounamu te moana, kia tere te kārohirohi ki mua i tō huarahi.

THE 'WERO' OR CHALLENGE

The pictures through the doorway portray a ‘challenge’ which takes place as part of the traditional Māori welcome. The warrior assesses the situation to determine whether the visitors come in peace or not. He runs forth, jumps about, and swings his staff about.  He lays an offering before the visitors.  By picking up the offering, they signify that the visit is peaceful.  On seeing this, the elderly woman calls to the visitors and beckons them onto the village fore-court.

 

 

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