Definition of powhiri in English:

powhiri

noun

NZ
  • 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.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: Maori.

Pronunciation

powhiri

/ˈpɔːfɪrə/