Mihi whakatau

At the start of each term, the school holds a powhiri, which is a traditional Maori welcome.

This ceremony is our way of welcoming new students and staff, along with their families, into the Manuka School community.

You are very welcome to bring extended family plus anyone who is important to your child as they begin their learning journey at Manuka School.

You will receive an invitation to the powhiri nearest to your child's start date.

What to Expect

The manuhiri (visitors) will gather together outside the Tui Room then someone will lead you.

The tangata whenua (hosts) will be standing facing the manuhiri (visitors) to welcome you.

A mihi (welcome speech) will be made by a representative of the school. Then the children and staff will sing a waiata (song) to support the speaker's message.

The manuhiri (visitors) will sing a waiata (song)

The hosts and new families involved will shake hands, hongi (a traditional Maori greeting in which people press their noses together) or kiss.

Manuka School will offer a simple morning tea or kai (food) for everyone to share. This concludes the powhiri and signifies the coming together of the visitors and the Manuka community.