In a poroporoaki the manuhiri usually speak first, asking for permission to leave, while the tangata wheuna speak last.
Some areas use a formal speaking system, similar to that of a pohiri, while other areas use a more informal system. As the speaking system for a pohiri is explained in that section, we will cover the informal system here.
Everyone gathers in the whare, with the manuhiri sitting together and the tangata whenua sitting together. Speaking goes around the room, starting with the manuhiri. When all of those who wish to speak have finished, the tangata whenua speak.
When the final speaker has finished, the tangata whenua stand up, forming a line to the door. The manuhiri start at the other end of the line for hongi and when they reach the last person by the door they keep going.
In some areas once the manuhiri have got into their vehicles the tangata wheuna sing items as they drive out.