Powiri & Hongi
Sam's nephew Jim, who travelled up with us, briefing us on the Maori Protocols to take place.
Karanga ... the call of welcome.
We reply with a poroporoaki as we enter.
Dot settles on the right side of the Meeting House (as we look at it) with Sam's ashes next to her, the elders seated on the verandah.
Sam's son Matthew sitting on the right ... he drove down from Auckland for the Ngati Porou Tangi.
Powhiri ... Songs are sung ... as Sam had great Mana.
Weeping and speeches and wailing ...
Koha is presented ... Prince picks it up ... the Koha pays for our food and lodging whilst on the Marae.
Our Reply - Whaikorero.
A Hongi is called.
Prince and Sam's nephew Jim prepare Sam's resting place overlooking Mt. Hikurangi.
Jim rings the bell to announce the start of the service.