How do I know when it's appropriate to open a meeting with a karakia, or mihi? And when should I use one or the other?
There are number of things you may want to consider before proceeding: Does the meeting have a specific Māori kaupapa (Māori agenda or focus)? Will there be attendees representing the local iwi or Māori community?
Nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai!
Haere tou te mihi atu ki a koe, otirā, ki a koutou katoa kua tae mai ki tēnei wāhaka o te ipuraki kimi kōrero ai mō kā mahi e haria ana e Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo. Nō reira, nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai. Kia kaha mai ki te kimi i kā whakamārama mō kā akoraka e hiahiatia ana e koe. Ko tō mātou manako kai tō mātou nei Whare Wānanga kā akoraka e hākai ana ki tāhau e hiahia ai. Hai.
E kā mana, e kā reo, e kā mauka whakahī, e kā awaawa, e kā pātaka o kā taoka tuku iho, tēnā koutou. Nei te reo rāhiri o Tahu Potiki e karaka atu ana ki a koutou katoa.
Firstly, as Director of Māori Development at Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo, I want to thank you for visiting this site, Māori ki Otāgo. Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo wants to continue contributing to iwi aspirations and Māori development, as exemplified in the Māori Strategic Framework. For more than a century, this University has valued its strong links with Māoridom. Read more »