Frequently Asked Questions

 If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Michelle Robin via email mrobin@aut.ac.nz or phone: (09) 921.9999 extension 8819

  1. I have a group of visitors coming to AUT and we would like a traditional welcome onto your marae, what do I do? 
  2. We would like to bless our new premises, building, object or ground breaking ceremony what do we do? 
  3. We are holding an event away from the AUT marae but would like a Māori greeting (mihi whakatau) to open our conference, are you able to do this for us?  
  4. We have students who are new to the country and require a Māori cultural experience, are you able to provide something for us? 
  5. What can I do for my colleague who has just lost a loved one? 
  6. Who’s who on campus? And how do I find out who to contact to answer my questions?
  7. I have a conference and need a pōwhiri, do you have anyone available? 
  8. We would like a pōwhiri at the AUT Marae but only have 10mins to do so, are you able to assist?
  9. We are going to a Marae and need a Māori woman and Māori man to accompany us onto the marae, can you provide us with the appropriate people? 
  10. We have moved from WA block to WD block and would like to bless our new office space can you provide a minister? 
  11. I have a taonga that was given to me and would like to have it blessed can I bring it in? 
  12. I have a pōwhiri at the AUT marae, can non-Māori delegates wish to speak during the pōwhiri process?
  13. Is it ok for non-Māori to do a mihi or karakia?  What if guests at a meeting are Māori, what to do then? What’s the correct protocol? 
  14. Who do I ask for advice if I am not sure about the correct protocols? 
  15. What is the process for applying for mihi whakatau or pōwhiri?

ANSWERS


Q1: I have a group of visitors coming to AUT and we would like a traditional welcome onto your marae, what do I do? 

Contact the office to see if the marae is available email mrobin@aut.ac.nz.  If it is, then you will need to complete a pōwhiri request form.  The form provides an outline of what takes place during the pōwhiri as well as the responsibilities of both tangata whenua (hosts) and manuhiri (visitors).   


Q2: We would like to bless our new premises, building, object or ground breaking ceremony what do we do? 

In all circumstances you will need to perform a karakia.  For example, if a person has died, then a karakia will be performed.  This can be done by an AUT Chaplain but arrangements need to be done in consultation with the office of Māori Advancement.


Q3: We are holding an event away from the AUT marae but would like a Māori greeting (mihi whakatau) to open our conference, are you able to do this for us?  

If your conference has a Māori component in it, then yes, the office will see who may be available to assist with a mihi whakatau.  If your conference does not have a Māori focus then there would be no need for a Māori greeting (mihi whakatau). 


Q4: We have students who are new to the country and require a Māori cultural experience, are you able to provide something for us? 

Please note that our marae is heavily booked and as such we are unable to accommodate these types of requests.  We recommend students to enrol into a noho marae paper that is offered through the Faculty of Te Ara Poutama.  Please note there are costs involved.   Contact:  Faculty of Te Ara Poutama, smehana@aut.ac.nz.


Q5: What can I do for my colleague who has just lost a loved one? 

The kawe roimata is done to acknowledge the passing of your workmates loved one and gives them the chance to ‘return’ to work after their loss.  The procedure will take place like a pōwhiri.  Your colleague and the whānau (family) will be called onto the marae. The mihi (greetings) in the wharenui will welcome the whānau and acknowledge the passing of their loved one and the response from the bereaved whānau will share memories of the one they lost.  Once the ceremony is complete a light meal will take place in the wharekai.  The ceremony doesn’t have to take place on the marae, it could also take place in the office with the format being a mihi whakatau, followed by a light meal.   


Q6: Who’s who on campus? And how do I find out who to contact to answer my questions? 

The Office of Māori Advancement is responsible for Māori strategic development and the management of the University’s Treaty partnerships. Te Tari Takawaenga Māori (Māori Student Support Services) provides advice, support and guidance to tauira Māori (Māori students) enrolled at the University; Te Ara Poutama (Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development) provides Māori language courses as well as degree and postgraduate programmes in Māori Development, Māori Media and Te Reo.


Q7: I have a conference and need a pōwhiri, do you have anyone available? 

Yes, however, it is dependent upon staff availability times/dates.  Contact the Office of Māori Advancement to discuss what is required. 


Q8: We would like a pōwhiri at the AUT marae but only have 10mins to do so, are you able to assist? 

Given the time restraints, having a pōwhiri in 10mins is highly unlikely.  A pōwhiri will take at least a minimum of 45 mins (refer to ‘pōwhiri guidelines’).  This is based on one speaker from the host side and one speaker from the visiting group and the sharing of a light meal.  At the conclusion the group will then need to clean up the wharekai (refer to pōwhiri responsibilities). 


Q9: We are going to a marae and need a Māori woman and Māori man to accompany us onto the marae, can you provide us with the appropriate people? 

We may be able to provide a Kaikaranga and Kaikōrero but it will depend on who is available (at least a month’s notice is required) and where it will be.  Usually it is the visitor’s responsibility to organise speakers on behalf the group if they are able to.  There also needs to be time to prepare the group. Is the group fully aware of the pōwhiri process which includes being appropriately dressed (click here for the pōwhiri guidelines)

The Kaikaranga will lead the waiata, and will advise what waiata will be sung.  Sometimes the waiata will be one that will begin by the Kaikaranga and is repeated by the group i.e. E toru nga mea.     


Q10: We have moved from WA block to WD block and would like to bless our new office space can you provide a minister? 

If you are moving from one complex to another then the building would have already been blessed and thus you wouldn’t need to re-bless the area, however, if it is a brand new building then a blessing of the complex would be appropriate.


Q11: I have a taonga that was given to me and would like to have it blessed can I bring it in? 

We do not have a minister designated for the marae and don’t do this.  You may contact the AUT Chaplains or your local Church Minister to bless your taonga. 


Q12: I have a pōwhiri at the AUT marae, can non-Māori delegates wish to speak during the pōwhiri process? 

The pōwhiri process is conducted entirely in te reo Māori.  It is important to speak with the Kaikōrero if you plan on speaking during the pōwhiri process.  The Kaikōrero will advise the appropriate time for those who do not have the Māori language the opportunity to speak in their language. 


Q13: Is it ok for non-Māori to do a mihi or karakia?  What if guests at a meeting are Māori, what to do then? What’s the correct protocol? 

Of course, it is possible for non-Māori to do a mihi or karakia, however, you should discuss with the hosts as to whether or not this is possible prior to the meeting commencing.


Q14: Who do I ask for advice if I am not sure about the correct protocols? 

Check with either your Māori colleagues or colleagues who are familiar with tikanga Māori, including staff in Te Ara Poutama.   If you are unable to make contact please feel free to contact the Office of Māori Advancement.


Q15: What is the process for applying for mihi whakatau or pōwhiri?

We have simplified the process for staff to request a mihi whakatau (welcome speech) or pōwhiri (ritual of encounter, marae-based); Requests must be submitted at least one month prior to the event.

Last updated: 13-Jun-2016 3.05pm

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