Nelson campus pōwhiri

Nelson campus pōwhiri

Begin your studies with our traditional pōwhiri welcome.

waikorero, speech at powhiri

The pōwhiri is intended to welcome you to NMIT and to celebrate the start of your study.

This year due to being in mourning for our Kaumatua Joe Paul, the pōwhiri is now a mihi wakatau, a less formal welcome with speeches and waiata.

Due to the unfavourable weather, the mihi wakatau is being held in the Kōwhai Lounge (N Block - Student Centre).

Nelson campus map

Once assembled, you will be briefed on the pōwhiri procedure and practise your waiata (song). 

The official ceremony starts at around 11am.

As manuhiri (guests) your waiata will be:

E toru ngā mea
E toru ngā mea
Ngā mea nūnui
E kī ana
Te Paipera
Whakapono
Tūmanako
Ko te mea nui
Ko te aroha

You can listen on the NMIT YouTube channel(external link) to previous students singing this waiata.

Staff will guide and support you through the mihi wakatau so you can enjoy this celebration of the semester start. 

You can learn more about the NMIT pōwhiri ceremony(external link).

If you are part of the hosts - welcoming the new students and staff your waiata will be:

Te Aroha
Te Aroha
Te Whakapono
Me te rangimarie
Tātou, tātou e

You can listen on the NMIT YouTube channel(external link) to previous students singing this waiata.

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