The protocol for the Mihi Whakatau allow Tangata Whenua and Manuhiri to merge as one and become the Whanau (family) for the conference. I think it was great to incorporate the Mihi Whakatau into the conference. I had no idea what was going on for the hour or so that the Mihi Whakatau went on, but I enjoyed the experience nonetheless and liked the idea of us merging as one.
That wasn't the last of the singing, though. Children came and sang for us on a few occasions. During this song the whole audience got involved:
I'll post more about what I learned at the conference from the presentations I attended later on. In the mean time, here's one last video of the children to tide you over: