Pōwhiri – fantastic but would it be culturally insentive to have a translation?

Year 9 students and whanau were welcomed to WEGC with a powerful pōwhiri. Lots of genuine emotion with rousing speeches, singing, and hongi. It did occur to me that for the non-Maori speaking audience some type of translation in real time would be welcome – unless of course, this detracted from the pōwhiri.

Doing so would facilitate inclusion and understanding by all participants. I do not know if it is appropriate, however, I did note the Prime Minister received translations in real time via an interpreter at Waitangi…


Disclaimer: comments are my own…

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