In Māori this term we are learning how to say and present our pepeha which is a formal way of introducing ourselves.

Some students may be familiar with mihi. A mihi is a greeting while a pepeha is a form of introduction that establishes identity and heritage. In formal settings, the pepeha forms part of an individual’s mihi. A group situation where everyone gives their mihi (including their pepeha) is called a mihimihi. This is often held at the beginning of a hui. 

We encourage students to discuss this at home with their whānau and find out which mountain, river and iwi they would like to associate themselves with.

This is the template we are using

Tēnā koutou katoa
Greetings to you all,

Ko  _________________________  te maunga
                                 My mountain is

Ko  _________________________  te awa
                                      My river is

Ko _________________________   te iwi
                                      My tribe is

Nō  _________________________  au
                                      I am from

Kei  _________________________ ahau e noho ana
                                     I am living in

Ko  _________________________  au / taku ingoa
                                     My name is

Nā reira, tēnā koutou katoa
Therefore, I greet you all

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