Mihi whakatau is the Māori term used to describe a formal speech of welcome and is undertaken by a Māori representative of the University. Mihi whakatau is traditionally used for welcoming, introductions, openings and general purpose which take place off the marae.
A mihi whakatau is a speech (or speeches) of greeting made during an official welcome to acknowledge those gathered together for a particular purpose. While a pōwhiri is a ritual of encounter used on the marae, in this area of Otago (i.e. in the takiwā of Araiteuru), a mihi whakatau is usually reserved for a welcome which is conducted off the marae (for example, to open an event or conference at the University).
If you need information on mihi whakatau please speak to your Associate Dean Māori.
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