University Wide Pōwhiri 2012
E ai ki te pao o ‘Ko Te Whare Wānanga’ ko tōnā tino kaupapa ‘he hora mātauranga ki te ao’. I whakatinanahia ngēnei kōrero i te pōwhiri i tū i te Rāapa te rua tekau mā iwa o Hui tanguru ki te marae o te Kohinga Mārama hei whakatau i ngā tauira me ngā kaimahi hou nō tāwāhi me Aotearoa whānui anō hoki. Tata ki te iwa rau o ngā tāngata i tae atu ā kikī katoa te marae ātea. Haruru ana te whenua i te haka i te reo pōwhiri hei whakatau i te manomano tāngata. Mō te nuinga o ngā tapuwae ko tēnei tō rātou ekenga tuatahi ki runga i tētehi marae me te rongotanga tuatahi ki ngā tikanga ā kui mā ā koro mā. He ataahua te rā ā he tino harikoa te noho tahi o ngā iwi maha me ngā tu whakapono katoa.
According to the University chant ‘Ko Te Whare Wānanga’, the main purpose of the University is to spread knowledge to the world. This purpose was embodied in the University wide pōwhiri welcome to all new students and staff from across the globe. Close to nine hundred people were present and the Marae was bursting at the seams with the masses that attended. The earth trembled as the multitudes descended on the Marae upon the moving karanga call of welcome. For the majority of people on the visitor’s side this was their first Māori cultural experience of any kind and being on a Marae. It was a beautiful day further heightened by the positive synergies shared by the many different races and religions that took part in the Pōwhiri.