Mihi Whakatau: a warm welcome to Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington.
Faculty of Architecture and Design Atrium, 139 Vivian Street.
The Dean & staff of the Wellington Faculty of Architecture & Design Innovation invites students and their whānau (family) to this event to formally welcome them to the Faculty.
A mihi whakatau (official welcome) is similar to a pōwhiri (ritual of encounter/welcome ceremony), but less formal. Whereas pōwhiri typically happen on the marae, mihi whakatau can and do occur in other locations such as school and the workplace.
A brief outline of how the mihi whakatau will run
Upon arrival, please take a seat in the designated area. As a courtesy, please also turn off all electronic devices.
Following the opening remarks, a speaker from the host side will make an address followed by a waiata (song). We’ll then hand the time over to the visitor side for a response and waiata.
The hongi (pressing of noses) and harirū (shaking hands) will complete the formalities of the mihi whakatau. After the harirū, we’ll then hear from the Dean and Heads of School.
At the conclusion of the mihi whakatau, light refreshments will be served in the Atrium where staff will also be available to chat and share their experiences.
This event is in addition to the New Students’ Orientation Programme and students are strongly encouraged to attend both.
For catering purposes, please register your attendance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org stating the number of people attending.
Image courtesy of Prof. Daniel K. Brown.