Kia ora e te hāpori o RSS,

Nau mai hoki mai ki tēnei tau hou o 2020.

Thursday 30th January – Start of the Year Pōwhiri

A pōwhiri (called a pōhiri in eastern dialects, and pronounced pōʔwiri with a glottal stop in the Taranaki-Wanganui area) is a Māori welcoming ceremony involving speeches, dancing, singing and finally the hongi.

And RSS have been using this form of welcome for visitors, and new students and staff each School term for many years now.

If you are a new family to RSS you are more than welcome to come along and join us on Thursday 30th January and be apart of this welcome. All new families and visitors to our School will meet in Wakahuia Room1a (just before School starts, 8.50am) and you will be supported by Nicole and Kelly. They will guide you and take you to the front of the playground where the welcome will start from.

9:10 – Protocol begins:

  • The whole School stands

  • Karanga – Manuhiri walk along the pathway in front of the playground towards their seats.

  • Everybody sits when 1st male speaker sits

  • 1st male speaks (Nick)

  • Waiata: Whakawhanaungatanga

  • Manuhiri speaker (Troy) speaks and places a koha in front of the 1st male speaker.

  • Waiata: Te aroha or e toru nga mea

  • 1st male speaker accepts the koha and people sitting on the paepae stand and get ready for the hongi

  • Manuhiri are to come to the tangata whenua side so tangata whenua stand where you are to welcome the manuhiri over (try not to cross over).

  • Now we are all tangata whenua, people on the paepae and new students / visitors will go to the staffroom for kai.

Hope you can join us,