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Key facts - teacher education

23 November 2023

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Mihi Whakatau and Noho Marae Information

Mihi whakatau

We welcome our new students to their studies and our community of learning with a mihi whakatau. The mihi whakatau is a traditional Māori welcome ceremony, that draws on elements of a pōwhiri, however it is less formal. 

The purpose of the mihi whakatau is to remove the tapu of the manuhiri (visitors) to make them one with the tangata whenua (hosts/people of the land). It is about forming and strengthening relationships.

Please arrive at the appointed time for the mihi whakatau, so that the process can be explained and there will be time to practice the waiata (song) that the manuhiri will sing to support their speaker.

This is a formal process, so please ensure that all electronic equipment (cellphone/ipod etc) is turned off during the entire mihi whakatau.

Recommended attire:

  • Women: tidy, semi-formal attire eg. skirt/dress (no shorts, short skirts, revealing tops etc)
  • Men: long pants, neat dress.


Noho Marae

Students will participate in a noho marae and will stay overnight at one of the local marae. Students will participate in a Mihi whakatau and will develop their understanding of marae kawa (protocols) and tikanga Māori (values). They will make links to their future classroom practice, the curriculum and Tātaiako – Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners.

In preparation for noho marae, if you have specific dietary requirements and/or health concerns that we need to be aware of please advise via email to

We will do our best to accommodate general dietary requirements such as, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, & vegan. In circumstances where we are unable to cater for your specific needs you may be required to bring your own food for the duration of your stay.

Please bring a sleeping bag for the overnight stay, pillows and sheets are provided. Further details will be provided at the noho marae briefing. 

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