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Mihi whakatau and mihimihi

Mihi whakatau

A mihi whakatau is a general welcome in Māori that is less formal than a pōwhiri and does not require a response from the visitors, unless there is someone within the visiting group who can respond appropriately. Generally it will have everyone gathered together (without the Karanga) and will commence with a Whaikōrero (speech).

Mihi whakatau


An opportunity for all participants to introduce themselves (whakawhānaungatanga). They are both formal and informal and usually done at the beginning of any hui, gathering or event. As a beginner you can start off with a simple and basic mihimihi and as your language progresses, you can add more. The following are simple informal greeting that you can use. You may use a combination of all or a few of each of the following options.

Opening Statement

a. Tēnā koutou katoa.
b. Tēnā koutou e aku rangatira.

Acknowledging the deceased

a. Tuarua, ki ngā mate, haere, haere, haere atu rā.
b. Ki ngā tini aitua, haere, haere, whakangaro atu rā.

Acknowledging local iwi

a. Ka mihi ki te iwi kāinga, ki a _____________
b. He mihi ki te iwi e tau nei, _________, tēnā koutou.

Acknowledging those present

a. Ki a tātou e tau nei, kia ora.
b. Ki a tātou e tau nei, ka nui taku mihi.


a. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.
b. Nō reira e hoa mā, me mutu i konei.

Introducing yourself - Pepeha

Introducing yourself is also an important aspect of te ao Māori as we are able to draw connections with each other. The following is a template provided by Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori - the Māori Language Commission. You can fill in what you know. For more information see the Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori - the Māori Language Commission website.


Ko _________________________________ te waka
Ko _________________________________ te maunga
Ko _________________________________ te awa
Ko _________________________________ te iwi
Ko _________________________________ te hapū
Ko _________________________________ te rangatira
Ko _________________________________ te marae
Ko _________________________________ ahau

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