Powhiri is the ceremonial process of formal greeting and official, invitational welcoming to an establishment, such as a Marae, or place of employment.

It involves rounds of whaikorero (speeches) and waiata (songs) initiated by the host which is reciprocated by the visitor(s) (manuhiri) or entrant(s).

In clinical practice this translates into a respectful formal greeting in which the visitor (and his/her family) are acknowledged and welcomed.

Within the context of mental illness and its potential negative impact on self-esteem (through stigmatization), the emphasis Powhiri places on dignity should be particularly embraced.

The Powhiri elements of invitation and hospitality should find its implementation in efforts to make the service recipient comfortable to accept services.