Anō te pai me te āhuareka o te noho tahi o ngā tuākana me ngā tēina i roto i te whakaaro kōtahi. O how sweet it is when whanau come together in unity.
Te Reo Māori and Kapa haka students recently visited Te Herenga Waka o Ōrewa Marae. It was an opportunity for students in Years 9 to 13 to experience Te Ao Māori in a meaningful Māori context. During their stay at the Marae, students participated in pōhiri, mau rākau (maori weaponry) and kapa haka. Whānau were warmly invited to attend the group achievement awards, held in the evening, followed by a late night hākari (feast). Students, staff and whānau slept the night at the marae. On the final morning, students prepared a hākari for our whānau to acknowledge their support throughout the year. The students expressed how much they enjoyed the whānaungatanga (the chance the strengthen relationships) with the marae, kaumātua, staff, whānau and their peers.
Mrs Drina Paratene, Head of Te Reo Maori