Whakatau

Whakatau: Welcome

Join us for the 2018 official welcome ceremony for all students and staff.

Whakatau dates:

21 Feb 9.30am Close View Whakatau: Woolston campus
When
Start/End 21st Feb 2018 9:30am-10:30am Duration 1 hour  Location Heart Space, Woolston campus, Christchurch
Pricing

Free

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Join us for the 2018 official welcome ceremony for all students and staff.

Find out more about what is a whakatau and why we're choosing to do one whakatau for all this year.

 
For more information

info@ara.ac.nz

0800 24 24 76

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26 Feb 9.30am Close View Whakatau: City campus
When
Start/End 26th Feb 2018 9:30am-10:30am Duration 1 hour  Location The North Green, City campus, Christchurch
Pricing

Free

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Join us for the 2018 official welcome ceremony for all students and staff.

Find out more about what is a whakatau and why we're choosing to do one whakatau for all this year.

 
For more information

info@ara.ac.nz

0800 24 24 76

See the full event page

What is a whakatau?

A whakatau is a form of welcome ceremony that can be similar to a pōwhiri(iwith 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’. It is expected that those being welcomed will have their own spokesperson and that everyone else will be ready to sing 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.

Why are we doing one big whakatau “for all” this year?

Ara and local Māori have a long-standing relationship, and Ngāi Tahu (the local iwi/tribe) has been a strategic partner of the institution for the last 20 years. Over these years, the institution’s understanding of Māori practices and philosophies has grown, which has in turn influenced how we do things.

This year’s whakatau for all students and staff is a reflection of this growth, and marks the first time that such an all-inclusive ceremony has taken place. Our wish is to pause for a moment at the beginning of the year, to bring everyone together to say hello and welcome, and to commit to doing our very best over the course of the year to help each other and ourselves get through successfully and together.