Hero photograph
Photo by Jen Hodgkinson

Mihi Whakatau Invitation

Sean Bailey —

Please join us on Friday @ 2:15pm to formally welcome our new staff, learners and their Whānau!

We would like to invite all of our school community to come along and help us welcome our new learners, staff and their whanau into the Lemonwood Grove School Community followed by Kai on Friday 3 May.

The structure of our Mihi Whakatau is as follows:

2:15pm - Welcome

On the day of the Mihi Whakatau, new staff, learners and their whanau (family) meet in the Information Landscape.

Tangata Whenua

Sean takes on the role of tangata whenua (host) sharing a whaikorero (welcoming speech) which is followed by a waiata (lei lei) sung by the school.


A community member will then reply on behalf of the new families (whanau) with a whaikorero (speech), followed by a waiata (He Honore) which the new learners will already know.


New whanau walk past the line of established whanau and hongi or shake hands

Kai - (Outside Hall if fine)

Learners get their lunchbox, adults invited to get a coffee and kai from Grove.

Karakia Kai - blessing before we eat