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ASCILITE 2002 » cultural information
To all visitors and participants of the ASCILITE Conference, the purpose of this brief is to inform you all of some of the cultural elements of the tangata whenua, the Maori people of Aotearoa (New Zealand).
ritual ceremony of welcome,where the hosts UNITEC will welcome
you all to its campus on Sunday 8th December at 6:30pm.
visitors to UNITEC.
Whenua: your hosts for the conference, UNITEC.
traditional Maori challenge usually performed for dignitaries,
VIP etc, where warriors approach the visitors in their traditional
manner to ascertain the validity of intent of the group.
the keening call of welcome from the woman who acknowledges
your etho’s, your country, nationality, ancestors and
purpose of your visit.
the time of speech making where the hosts will speak first,
then the visitors will be accorded the opportunity to respond.
Your guide will speak on your behalf.
following each speech it is customary for the group to sing
a song that endorses the content and quality of the speech.
the shaking of hands. At the completion of all speeches visitors
then cross the space to be greeted by the hosts.
pressing of nose(s). With the shaking of hands, you will also
perform the hongi whereby you will be greeted by the host
pressing their nose to yours. For Maori this concept has a
very deep spiritual significance.
this is the feast which is the final act of cementing the
relationships of the two respective groups of visitors and
hosts. In your case you will be given the traditional hangi.
Maori method of cooking food in the ground over heated stones.
Prayers that are conducted on a number of occasions. In terms
of your conference, karakia will be said prior to the hangi
Aspects to note:
A reminder that UNITEC is a "smoke free institution".
Finally, it is also important for you to enjoy yourself, the environment, the people and what UNITEC has prepared for you.
mai! Haere mai! Whakatau mai ki te Whare Wananga O Wairaka
Hear the welcome in Maori (wave file, 100kb).