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Set the wairua of your hui with whanaungatanga. Kōrero mai is a round robin session to get to know who's in your hui, make connections and introduce the kaupapa of the day for a connected and authentic hui.


If you're planning a longer ruku session or have a bit more time in a team hui, kōrero mai will give you the opportunity to really get to know who's in your group. You can naturally weave in the topic of the day – Mātauranga Māori – by tailoring the question you ask the group.

It's also a great way for the group to make connections with each other, they'll soon discover they have lots in common.

Connect with each other

Kōrero mai is a simple round robin activity. You might want to kick off as the facilitator.

Begin by sharing:

  • your name
  • what you do for mahi
  • a favourite pūrākau or oriori (or lullaby or childhood story).

Ask the rest of the group to follow the same format and simply go around the room.

You can change the questions if your group already knows each other well.

At the end, you might want to summarise the threads and connections you observed.

Make it work online

Kōrero mai works best in person, ideally in a circle. It can work in an online environment through Zoom or Teams for groups of no more than 20.

You could ask each participant to 'pass the rākau' and nominate someone they don't know (or don't work with often) to go next. It's a good idea to keep a checklist of who's already shared, in case the group looses track.

Tips for success

Have a pen and paper ready to take notes of what each participant shares. Weave this into your session, it shows that you were really listening to their kōrero.

Look for common threads and connections from the kōrero to guide your session. You might sing one of the group's favourite oriori or ask the group to share a bit more about the story they chose.

Some like to kōrero a bit too much – give a gentle signal when it's time to pass the rākau and move on. When you introduce the activity you could give a time indication, such as 1 minute per person.


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