Pepeha - Based on Whakapapa

Pepeha are introductory ‘speeches’ – based on whakapapa – recited during mihimihi).

Seek advice about the structure and content of your pepeha from someone with expertise in this area before simply inserting the relevant information and reciting it in a formal situation. This will not only ensure it is structured accurately, but it might also save you from an embarrassing situation when you deliver it publicly!

Also remember that there are a number of different ways to structure your pepeha; some people use tōku (indicating that something belongs to them, or that they belong to it), whereas others use te (a singular ‘the’) following the proper noun.

tauira kotahi - a pepeha