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AFS Intercultural student group - from eight different countries!

22 August 2018

AFS Intercultural student group - from eight different countries!

Sharing a hongi is a significant greeting in Māori culture

He did a great job of facing the warrior and picking up the peace token before entering our beautifully carved Whare Rūnanga (Meeting House) for the show. After thanking the performers for their welcome, the ‘Chief’ shared a hongi with the warrior. The traditional Māori greeting, the hongi is done by pressing one’s nose and forehead, at the same time. In the hongi, the ha (or breath of life), is exchanged, making this greeting very significant. What a fantastic memory for the young visiting ‘chief’!

Plenty of room for everyone on the giant kauri stump!
Plenty of room for everyone on the giant kauri stump!

Students were impressed that they all fitted on the giant kauri stump at the waka shelter which houses Ngātokimatawhaorua - the world’s largest ceremonial waka taua (war canoe). It is built from 3 giant kauri trees like the one the students enjoyed relaxing on. Guiding international students around is interesting as not only do they learn about NZ history and culture, we also learn about theirs!


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