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As the University has a responsibility to consider the health and safety of everyone who visits its campuses, COVID-19 has led the Office of the DVC Māori to review its tikanga related to pōwhiri.
As a result, Professor Meihana Durie has announced the University will not be hosting pōwhiri (formal Māori cultural welcomes) until further notice, effective immediately.
The decision will mitigate the potential risks of close physical contact, specifically in relation to the hongi/harirū process (pressing of noses/shaking hands). Mihi whakatau will continue to be an appropriate way of acknowledging manuhiri (guests) to our University in light of the situation. This process forgoes the need for hongi/harirū, minimising the risks of contact to participants.
This decision has been made after informed, in-depth consultation with our tikanga Māori advisors, Iwi Kaumātua and members of Massey University’s Senior Leadership Team.
Tuesday 10 March 2020
View information about mihi whakatau and mihimihi.
The Cultural Advice Form for Pōwhiri or Mihi Whakatau is under review and not available at this time.
Additional information can be viewed in the
Māori Cultural Handbook for Pōwhiri and Mihi Whakatau (472 KB)
Page authorised by Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori
Last updated on Thursday 12 March 2020