04: Māori Cultural Performances

Hints and Tips

• We ask that you are considerate of other guests so that everyone’s experience is the best that it can be

• The cultural performance begins with a welcome ceremony in front of the wharenui (meeting house) followed by a 30-45 minute concert inside.Please follow the advised tikanga (protocol) throughout the welcome ceremony and concert

• Please honour and respect the things we share and the way we share them

Tikanga (Protocol)

Pōhiri (ceremonial welcome) - silence and solemnity indicates respect for the ceremony to follow.

Wero (challenge) - in ancient times, the degree of respect and solemnity shown here could be a matter of life or death. While that is not an issue today, we humbly request you respect our traditions by remaining still and quiet.

Karanga (call of welcome) - your host will guide you toward the meeting house in an unhurried and quiet manner.

Whaikōrero (speeches of welcome) - silence is appreciated during the speeches.

Kapa Haka (cultural performance) - please move to the side aisles if you wish to stand to take photos or videos, so as not to impinge on another’s view.

Did you know?

You can experience a traditional Māori welcome on the authentic setting of Rotowhio Marae (in front of the meeting house) followed by a 45 minute concert inside with action songs, female poi dance, traditional stick games and the famous war dance, the haka.

Concerts are held daily at 10.15 am, 12.15 pm and 3.15 pm – please purchase tickets at Admissions. Photos and videos are permitted during the performances.

Māori Cultural Performances

We tell our stories in many different ways. One of our most entertaining forms of storytelling is kapa haka (Māori performance art).