Thursday, July 26, 2012

Melville Intermediate - Mihi Explanation

A Mihi is an introduction to tell people who you are and where you come from.  A Mihi is used when you meet or greet someone or a group of people.  There are different things contained in each Mihi, but these are some of the common things:

  • Ko _____________ the maunga (the mountain nearest to where you were born)
  • Ko _____________ the river (nearest to where you were born)
  • Ko _____________ te iwi (tribe you associate with)
  • Ko _____________ te hapu (sub tribe)
  • Ko _____________ te Waka (traditional Maori Waka associated with your area)
  • Ko _____________ taku matua (name of your Dad, their first name)
  • Ko _____________ taku mama (name of your Mum, their first name)
  • Ko _____________ taku ingoa (your first name)
Then you finish you Mihi with a saying, like Tena Koutou, Tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.  The video below is me going through all of the steps.


  1. Dear Morgan and Room 5

    You've given us an outstanding exemplar of a mihi. It's fantastic how you have shown us in writing what should be included in a mihi and then provided a video demonstration of presenting a mihi. Morgan, your pronunciation and your explanation were both very clear. I know Room 24 will find this helpful as we prepare ours.

    Your blogging friend
    Miss McLeod

  2. Hi Morgan. Mr T here. Not sure if you will ever see this, but thank you for putting this on your blog. I intend to show it to my students to give them a feel of what can be achieved through knowing your background. I hope all is well with you.

  3. Hi Morgan
    Great mahi, you are inspirational! Self identity and knowing where you are from is so important. Tino pai.
    Whaea Vicki
    Hillcrest Normal School