One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Maori welcoming ceremony.‘a powhiri is scheduled for 6.30’‘I think there is still a place for powhiri’
- ‘There was a lot of waiting around as the Prime Minister's party arrived for the powhiri.’
- ‘She said the school's pupils, who are busy practicing the powhiri for the event, would be playing an active part in the celebrations.’
- ‘He and his jubilant teammates landed at Auckland Airport yesterday morning to a rapturous crowd of supporters and a heart-warming Maori powhiri.’
- ‘The powhiri on the next morning will be followed by a dedication of the school's memorial with the addition of further soldiers' names.’
- ‘The opening concert started with a powhiri from the tangata whenua.’
- ‘The Treaty is our powhiri to this land.’
- ‘At this point they begin to move into the meeting house where speeches and songs complete the powhiri.’
- ‘A powhiri is a particularly Maori way of doing it.’
- ‘The Powhiri is still performed at Maori meetings and visits of dignitaries to a marae.’
- ‘He recently criticised the use of powhiri at official functions, saying "a half-naked man poking his tongue out" was not a civilised way to greet foreign dignitaries.’
Mid 19th century: Maori.
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