Definition of Maori welcome in English:

Maori welcome


  • A traditional Maori ceremonial welcome.

    ‘he was given a full Maori welcome at their tribal meeting’
    • ‘He has called for a debate over when official Maori welcomes are used, saying the current "dial-a-powhiri" is devaluing a national treasure.’
    • ‘Arriving at the awards, she received a full Maori welcome and haka.’
    • ‘Earlier Prince William had been given a warm, traditional Maori welcome when he arrived to open the Supreme Court.’
    • ‘I have young children going to pre-school centres today, and I want them to live in a society where they go alongside Maori students, where they learn Maori welcomes, where they learn Maori songs, and where they are proud to have friendships with Maori children.’
    • ‘After a powhiri (a Maori welcome) and a service of worship, they addressed the assembled crowd.’
    • ‘Tens of thousands of Christchurch residents attended the solemn ceremony, held on a sunny afternoon, which included a two minutes' silence and a traditional Maori welcome.’
    • ‘The second highest ranking member in the Chinese government missed a ceremonial Maori welcome at the New Zealand Parliament on Thursday in order to dodge a one-man protest over Tibet by a local politician.’
    • ‘There another Maori welcome awaited as well as performance of the famous 'Haka'.’
    • ‘Visiting dignitaries receive a Maori welcome, and the All Black Rugby Team (the national team) performs a haka (challenge) before games.’
    • ‘Their main functions are in Auckland and Wellington and will include a traditional Maori welcome that involves the hongi, or pressing of noses, and inspecting costumes from the forthcoming Peter Jackson film "The Hobbit".’