Further information


What is a hangi? 

Hangi is a traditional Maori method of cooking food using heated rocks buried in a pit oven and is often used on special occasions.

To "lay a hangi" or "put down a hangi" involves digging a pit in the ground, heating stones in the pit with a large fire then placing baskets of food on top of the stones.  These are then covered with cloths soaked in water and hangi sacking.  All of this is then covered with earth for several (3-4) hours before uncovering (or lifting) the hangi.  During this period, the heat from the stones cooks the food in the baskets.

What is a powhiri? 

A powhiri is a ritual of welcome onto a marae, although marae are not the only places powhiri take place - it can happen anywhere that tangata whenua (hosts) wish to formally greet manuhiri (a group of visitors).

All powhiri follow a basic process which varies depending on the occasion and the tribal area.  The powhiri that the attendees of the Civil Military Interaction Workshop will witness at the Royal New Zealand Police College will follow a traditional procedure of events.

The conch (putatarao, a shell trumpet)
This was a traditional signal to alert everyone in the village that a gathering or visiting party were about to descend upon their village or marae.

The karanga (a ceremonial call of welcome and acknowledgement made by women)
This will start once the manuhiri have gathered at the entranceway to the Kapiti Room.  It will be initiated by the kaikaranga (callers) to the manuhiri who will respond to the karanga (caller).  The hosts will call the last karanga.

Haka powhiri (an action song of welcome)
The haka powhiri, entitled 'Ngatitoa Rangatira Karanga Atu' will be performed.  At the conclusion of the haka powhiri, the visitors may be seated.

Whaikorero (formal speeches)
The host will begin the formal speeches of welcome to the guests and workshop participants, who will then respond with appropriate whaikorero or speeches of acknowledgement.