Our hongi, hariru and hand shakes

E ngā iwi o te motu, e mihi kau ana ki a koutou katoa.

Our hongi, hariru, hand shakes, man to man awhi awhi’s; our kiss during these times of a nation pandemic crisis, is being discouraged.

The National Māori Pandemic Group, a type of governmental advisor say yu can give your Tamariki and other whānau a hug, but continue to wash hands before and after the hug.

Its quite explicate this 2 page document, its information for whānau about Covid-19 and its downloadable now or to view at

Finally by singing happy birthday twice, that’s about 20 seconds they also suggest that that is the length of time: mo te horoia ī ō ringaringa I ngā wā katoa. And properly dry hands are safest.

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