Mihi whakatau

As is often the case in conferences in Aotearoa New Zealand, we will open the conference with a mihi whakatau or welcome ceremony. Please be on time for this opening ceremony. A member of the local hāpu or clan in whose area we are holding the conference (Ngai Tūāhuriri) will welcome us with a whaikōrero speech in Te Reo Māori, and the organising committee and volunteers will sing a short waiata or song in support. We then have an answering whaikōrero from the manuhiri or guests (Dr Manuhuia Barcham will respond on your behalf), then all the guests should sing a short waiata in support. In order to make this process a bit less intimidating, we suggest that the manuhiri guests sing the well-known song Te Aroha. You can find the lyrics and melody in the video embeded below.  We think most of the New Zealand based guests will know this song from primary school.

The meaning of the lyrics are: ‘love, faith (or hope), and peace, be with us all.’

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