Ngā mihi nui.
E ngā mana e ngā reo o ngā hau e whā, tēnā koutou tēnā koutou tēnā koutou katoa. Nau mai haere mai ki Whakatū ki a Ngāti Koata e karanga atu ki a koutou ngā iwi taketake puta noa te ao. Haere mai i runga i te kaupapa. Haere mai i runga i te aroha.
Ngāti Koata are tangata whenua (people of the land) in Te Tauihu, the northern South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. Ngāti Koata descend from the eponymous ancestress Koata from Tainui.
Our iwi (tribe) are one of five kaitiaki (guardians) of the Wai262 Indigenous Intellectual and Cultural Property Rights claim. In that claim we reserve tino rangatiratanga (sovereign ownership) over our cultural and traditional knowledge and practices, particularly with respect to the tuatara; a remnant of the dinosaur age, and to us, a spiritual guardian.
From our sacred mountains, rivers and coasts to yours, it is our honour to warmly welcome you all. Kia ora.