From the visitors' perspective, one woman is chosen to represent us and responds in song, thanking the hosts for inviting us on the grounds. Women always enter the marae first because their song opens up the spiritual pathways. The men follow.
Then, in this case and because it is a school, the students did a haka for us.
Below: the woman welcoming us again after our representative thanked her, followed by a haka
After the hongi, we were invited into a hall for refreshments. In case you haven't noticed yet, kai(food) is a huge part of the Maori traditional lifestyle and that suits me just fine! All ceremonies are followed by the breaking of bread, so to speak. It's a way of bringing everyone together.
Below: the singing encouraging us to break bread. There's Shani on the far left in the black t-hirt!