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Is this pronounced with a hard or soft "g"? Do traditionalists close the eyes or not? Why do some only touch tip to tip and others over the full length of the nose? How long is it held? Haiduc 01:30, 26 October 2006 (UTC)

Soft "g" - see Maori_language#Consonants

Soft G . Close eyes normally.Nose and forehead in contact and held for about 2-3 seconds.Today ie in modern times often with left hand on shoulder and shake right hand at same time.The Maori hand shake is very soft and light -not firm like a European handshake.

Nonsense! There's no G here at all, neither hard nor soft (soft "g" would make no sense here as the Māori language doesn't have a sound that even comes close to an English "j"), just like in sing-songy, which with it rhymes (in Anglicised pronunciation at least). --Florian Blaschke (talk) 18:12, 15 December 2015 (UTC)

Copyright Violation?[edit]

This article is the same as this page on the NZ travel website. Did the NZ website come from the article, or vice versa? One of them would seem to be a copyright violation. John Dalton 07:41, 26 July 2007 (UTC)

The bulk of our article dates from a December 2005 edit from an anon IP address registered to the UK Government Actuary's Department. The page just has a copyright notice "1999-2007", so it's not possible from the evidence online to tell which came first - is excluded from the Internet Archive/Wayback Machine. -- Arwel (talk) 00:38, 21 September 2007 (UTC)


common polynesian custom? the article about "haole" indicates that the hawai'ians use hongi and call it honi instead. the word "honi" in that article links to nothing. is there a generic page for this? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:40, 23 September 2007 (UTC)