The karanga (call) can only be given by women. It weaves a spiritual rope to pull the waka (canoe) of the manuhiri (visitors) on to the marae (sacred meeting place). The calls alternate between tangata whenua (local people) and manuhiri and should never be broken. It is a continuous stream of each side weaving into the other.

Here is a simple karanga

KARANGA BY THE HOST SIDE KARANGA BY THE VISITOR SIDE

1st call
Haere mai, e te manuhiri tūārangi e, haere mai rā
Welcome distinguished visitors, welcome

1st call
Karanga mai rā, e te iwi e, karanga mai rā
Greetings to you all, the hosts of today, greetings

2nd call
Huihuia mai rā ngā mate o te rā nei e, haere mai rā
Bring with you the dead so that we may mourn them today, welcome

2nd call
Haere atu rā, ngā mate o wā iti nei e, haere atu rā
Farewell the dead of today, farewell

3rd call
Haere mai, i runga i te kaupapa o te rā nei e,
haere mai rā
Welcome to this auspicious occasion, welcome

3rd call
Tēnei rā te whakaeke nei, ki te whakanui i te
kaupapa o te rā nei e, karanga mai rā
We have entered on to your marae to pay tribute to this day

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