Friday, 7 February 2014

Eastern Hutt Pōwhiri...

Haere mai, welcome to our school, our kura and our community.

Today marked a special day at our school, our first Pōwhiri to welcome the new students and whānau to Eastern Hutt School.  

We were welcomed into the hall by Mrs Williams who called us forward in Māori, and were seated as part of the manuhiri (visitors).  The rest of the school, including all the students and teachers, sung us a song as we came in.  After speeches from the manuhiri and the tangata whenua (the students and teachers) we had a hariru, where the visitors shook hands and pressed noses (a hongi) with the tangata whenua of the school.  This exchange signified coming together as one school and marked the end of our Pōwhiri.  We then stayed on in the hall to share kai (food) with everybody. 

For many of us, this was our first Pōwhiri.  Every term, new students and teachers will be welcomed to our school in this way.  We are looking forward to being involved in one again...

Some of our class and their families waiting patiently during the hariru...
Some of the manuhiri as they proceed past the tangata whenua.

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