Whakatau kaupapa

Whakatau ki te Kura Waenga Whakangungu o Takapuna 

Welcome to Takapuna Normal Intermediate School 

The school holds a whakatau which is a traditional Māori welcome, which literally means to settle. This ceremony is our way of welcoming new learners, staff and visitors, along with their families, into the TNIS School community.  

 What to expect at the Whakatau:  

  • The manuhiri (visitors) will gather together outside the hall or Library then someone will lead you into the whakatau. There may be a closer to lead you in and there may be a haka powhiri also  
  • The tangata whenua (hosts) will be seated facing the manuhiri (visitors) to welcome you.   
  • A mihi (welcome speech) will be made by a representative of the school. Then the learners and staff will stand and sing a waiata (song) to support the speaker’s message. (There may be other speakers, a waiata will follow each speech. Learners and Staff will sit down.)  
  • A representative from the manuhiri (visitors) will respond, and then the group will stand and sing a waiata to support the speaker. The group will sit down.   
  • The last speaker will then be from the school.    
  • Hariru – the hosts and new families involved will shake hands, hongi (nose to nose) or kiss. During covid settings, this may also be an elbow touch.
  • TNIS will offer a simple morning tea or kai for everyone to share. This concludes the whakatau and signifies the coming together of the visitors and the TNIS community.