One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Maori greeting, formal welcome speech, or expression of thanks.‘after the mihi Kirby gets down to business’
- ‘There he was on election night standing as the pillar of society giving a mihi, and yet everybody there knew he was facing these charges.’
- ‘It's also a mihi to Hirini for providing those great resources for us all.’
- ‘He started off with a very long mihi, I am told, which was very good on pronunciation.’
- ‘They show their appreciation when they are entertained by mihi of welcome in the Maori language.’
- ‘The session ended with a mihi in te reo from two women in the audience.’
- ‘Speaker David Carter opened proceedings with a prayer and Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta gave a mihi in Maori.’
- ‘When I rose to welcome us all with a short mihi in Maori, my reception was a stunned and stony silence.’
- ‘I began with a mihi and ended in a similar vein.’
- ‘I can rattle off a mihi when I need to.’
- ‘The concert, the region's largest Waitangi Day event, begins at 10am with a mihi whakatau - ceremonial welcome.’
Greet, formally welcome, or thank (someone)‘I felt like I had to mihi them really warmly’no object ‘I mihi to him for his foresight and commitment’
Mid 19th century: Maori.
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