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In photos: Opening pōwhiri for APEC 2021

Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor speak about APEC 2021 and the importance of its opening pōwhiri.

Wellington iwi Te Atiawa prepare to welcome the APEC representatives in Wellington, New Zealand. Te Atiawa are mana whenua of the Wellington region. 'Mana whenua' are the home people of the land. The term 'mana' means power and prestige and 'whenua' means land.
The start of the ceremony was marked with a chorus of sound.
Representative from APEC economies gather with APEC New Zealand staff before the welcome. Manuhiri are the visitors to a marae. At the start of a pōwhiri manuhiri and mana whenua are physically and spiritually separate. Visitors are waewae tapu (they have sacred feet) as they wait before the pōwhiri.
A wero (challenge) is performed before the powhiri. The purpose of the pōwhiri process is to lift the tapu. Through the pōwhiri process, manuhiri become one with the manu whenua.
His Excellency Brigadier General Francis Agwi, Papua New Guinea, leads the economy representatives into the pōwhiri.
Kura Moeahu from Te Atiawa gives a whaikōrero (speech of welcome).
Mana whenua look on as the manuhiri are welcomed.
Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta, Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor, and Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio attended the ceremony.
Minister Mahuta addresses the manuhiri (visitors).
MFAT Divisional Manager Martin Wikaira addresses the economies and iwi.
Representatives from APEC economies listen to the speeches.
His Excellency Brigadier General Francis Agwi gives a whaikōrero (formal speech).
Minister Mahuta and New Zealand SOM Chair Vangelis Vitalis hongi (pressing of noses) after Mr Vangelis was presented with pounamu.