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Year 7 & 8 visit to the Marae

Wonderful carvings at the maraeTe Aranga Marae in Flaxmere

On Wednesday 19th May our Year 7 and 8 students visited Te Aranga Marae in Flaxmere. Following a powhiri, the students participated in a variety of activities including: learning waiata, history of the marae, bread making, poi making and visiting a local school (Kimi Ora) and participating in their junior Kapa Haka session. It was a beautiful day, set in wonderful surroundings with lots of learning happening. Here are some comments and photos of our day. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Matua Des and the whanau at Te Aranga. Ka pai!

 

What some of the girls thought about their visit to the Marae

“I had the most excellent experience at the marae.  It was my first experience at a marae and I loved it.  It was a lot different than I expected it to be.  I thought it would just be long boring speeches but it wasn’t.  It was the most fun I have ever had learning about Maori culture.” Tanisha

Making bread“I enjoyed it when you welcomed us on to the marae and used the footsteps in the cold, morning dew to show us how the marae shapes us as people and metaphorically speaking, interweaves our mats to bond us together as a group.”  Alanna

“I admit I was nervous about going to the marae but when I walked in and saw a man with a jolly smile I knew I was in safe hands.  Your speeches and waiata were very deep and sincere.” Samantha

“It was so interesting to hear about the history of the marae.  I had no idea that it was multi-cultural, but with a Maori history.  I loved how you used the weaving expression towards our feelings, cultures and energy.” Claudia

“My favourite part was probably making the poi because it was a challenge to plait them in a group so we had to work together as a team.” Sarah

We all liked making pois“Thank you for being so kind to our school and showing us what Maori people did and do now and then.” Brianna

 “..it was a great experience for us to learn about a different culture.  At our school you have to keep your shoes on everyday but at the marae it’s protocol to take your shoes off.” Malindi

“It was a such a fun day.  Learning about the whole making of the flax mat, starting with the welcome into the wharenui, then to the end when we left.  I learnt a lot in the time we were with you all.” Annabel