Whakatau

Whakatau - Semester 2

Join us for the Semester 2 2019 official welcome ceremony for all students and staff.

Whakatau dates:

22 Jul 9.00am Close View Whakatau - City campus
When
Start/End 22nd Jul 2019 9:00am-10:00am Duration 1 hour  Location Assemble at Te Puna Wānaka then walk to Whareora, City campus, Christchurch
Pricing

Free

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Join us for the Semester 2 2019 official welcome ceremony for all students and staff.

 
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info@ara.ac.nz

0800 24 24 76

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24 Jul 9.30am Close View Whakatau - Timaru Campus
When
Start/End 24th Jul 2019 9:30am-10:30am Duration 1 hour  Location Gymnasium, Timaru Campus, Christchurch
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Free

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Join us for the Semester 2 2019 official welcome ceremony for all students and staff.

 
For more information

Phone 0800 24 24 76  
Email info@ara.ac.nz

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07 Aug 9.30am Close View Whakatau - Woolston Campus
When
Start/End 7th Aug 2019 9:30am-10:30am Duration 1 hour  Location VE Open Space, Woolston Campus , Christchurch
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Free

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Join us for the Semester 2 2019 official welcome ceremony for all students and staff.

 
For more information

Phone 0800 24 24 76  
Email info@ara.ac.nz

See the full event page

What is a whakatau?

A whakatau is a form of welcome ceremony that can be similar to a pōwhiri (with karanga and haka) but it can also be undertaken with a single speaker and a song. Here in Christchurch, the local hapū (Ngāi Tūāhuriri) has let us know that pōwhiri are only to take place on the marae, and that it will therefore be appropriate for Ara to undertake whakatau only. The ceremony begins in te reo (the Māori language) and concludes in English.

From time to time, our whakatau also include karanga (the female call that begins the ceremony) and haka (chanting) from the ‘home side’. Those being welcomed will have a spokesperson and that there will be a waiata (song) to support them after they have concluded. Following the speeches, those being welcomed (manuhiri) are invited to come forward and hongi (press noses) with the welcoming party, which is the traditional form of greeting each other in Māori society. The final act of the whakatau is to share some kai (food) and thus lift any tapu (sacrosanct) aspects that have been part of the prior formalities.