Here is a simple mihimihi
|Tihe mauri ora!
Ko (name of your waka) te waka
Ko (name of your mountain) te maunga
Ko (name of your river) te awa
Ko (name of your tribe) te iwi
Ko (name of your sub tribe) te hapū
Ko (your name) ahau
|Let there be life!
My canoe is (name of your canoe)
My mountain is (name of your mountain)
My river is (name of your river)
My tribe is (name of your tribe)
My sub-tribe is (name of your sub-tribe)
I am (your name)
Meet and Greet
|Kia ora||Hello/Thank you|
|Kei te pēhea koe?||How are you?|
|Kei te pai||Good|
|Ka nui te pai||Very well|
|Mōrena e Hone||Good morning, John|
|Kuhu mai e Pita||Come in, Peter|
|Aroha mai||I'm sorry/ Excuse me|
|Kia kaha||Be strong/Give it heaps|
|Ka pai||Well done|
|Ka pai tō mahi||You're doing well|
|Kia ora tātou||Hello everybody/everyone|
|Ko (name) ahau||I'm (name)|
|Nō Te Whanganui a Tara ahau||I'm from Wellington|
|He Pākehā ahau||I'm a Pākehā|
|Kei (organisation) ahau e mahi ana||I work at (organisation)|
|Tēnā koutou katoa||Greetings to you all|
- When welcoming Māori delegations, understand who is visiting and manage their expectations around protocol ahead of time. Let them know who will conduct the welcome, and the number, names, and title of speakers.
- Welcome them in Māori where possible, and follow pōwhiri (welcome) protocols. In strict Māori protocol males speak first, but defer to Māori speakers or those with knowledge of pōwhiri. Don't be shy to seek advice. It is better to give a warm, hearty "Tēnā koutou katoa" (Greetings to you all!), than to stumble through a mihi (introduction) awkwardly.
- Remember: We are extremely proud of our Wāhine Toa (women leaders), but some traditional cultural protocols set out roles for women and for men, and we should respect these. For example karanga (call) represents women's knowledge.
- Meeting etiquette: Normal good manners apply. If you are hosting, welcome guests warmly, give your whaikōrero and mihimihi (introductions), introduce your team, then invite visitors to respond. Once introductions are complete, turn to the agenda.
- Treat people like they are your grandparents: with respect and care.