Matariki haerenga

Kia ora whanau,

Nga Kakano and Te Urunga travelled to Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau on Monday and were very lucky to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity of learning different kaupapa of Matariki. Our tamariki had hands on experience with raranga (weaving), tuhituhi (drawing kowhaiwhai patterns) and Koauau (Maori instruments). It was an amazing day enriched with the knowledge and learnings about Te Ao Maori, Tikanga Maori and Te Reo Maori. Our tamariki all got to take home a taonga each-The boys got to take home a kohatu (rock) where they first had to rub and korero to our taonga to ask if we were allowed to paint on them. This was a very special moment. Also our kotiro made harakeke stars and again they dad to ask the harakeke if they were allowed to cut and weave with it. Tino ataahua tera mea kotiro ma. Tino pai i o koutou mahi!

Here are a few pics of our amazing day. Big mihi to Mr Maharaj and Te Urunga for their awhi and participation. Also a HUGE mihi to Whaea Stella (Ranuis mama) & Matua Steve (Kaylibs papa) who came and supported our tamariki. This was a very very special day for our tamariki to experience and learn more about our Maori culture. Arohanui kia koutou katoa 🙂

Matua explaining to our tamariki the kaupapa of Matariki and the importance this has to Te Ao Maori. Nga mihi papa

Beautiful Maori art exhibition for our tamariki to experience

Whaea Tracey teaching our kotiro how to weave with harakeke

Our puoro workshop

Some of our tama learning different koru patterns in Kowhaiwhai patterns

Our Angel showing us her harakeke whetu so far. Ka pai Angel

Aaliyah and MJ helping each other learning all about harakeke

Our tama learning about the tapu of a kohatu (rock) and asking for its blessing before they start painting on it