The pohiri (powhiri in some places) is the traditional Maori welcome ceremony which takes place usually when going onto a marae. Pohiri are also done at other places.The purpose of the pohiri is to remove the tapu of the Manuhiri (visitors) to make them one with the Tangata Whenua (Home people). It is a gradual process of the Manuhiri and the Tangata Whenua coming together.
There are many variations to a pohiri. It is rare today to see the full 10 stage pohiri as for various reasons, there can be stages left out.
Here we will look at the full 10 stages of pohiri.