Thursday, July 17, 2014
Te Whare Tapere o Matariki 2014
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We were invited to attend the Te Whare Tapere o Matariki event during our last week of Term 2. The event was run by the He Oranga Poutama Team - Sport Waitakare. Students from Te kura kaupapa o Hoani Waititi ran the Māori Games workshops indoors, they did a wonderful job and displayed awesome leadership skills, We took our kapa haka students to the workshops and two ki o rahi teams to the Yr 7 & 8 Tournament.
Whaea Karla Matua came to our school for 3 afternoon sessions to teach our tamariki how to play ki o rahi. Our tamariki did very well in the tournament and one of our teams made it to the semi finals. They played the champions from Te kura kaupapa Maori o Nga Tapuwae in a gripping game and lost by only one point. We were very proud of both teams who did so well in a game they had only just learned. We will continue playing the game at school in preparation for the next ki o rahi tournament.
Our Kapa Haka students who attended the workshops indoors made bracelets from harakeke and patiently waited for the pūoro workshop to make their own bamboo koauau. We were also proud of how our tamariki conducted themselves throughout the day, especially when they performed a haka tautoko after the thankyou by Whaea Ngawai on behalf of all participating schools.
This was a fantastic event and we will definitely be going again next year. He mihi nunui to the He Oranga Poutama Team for their dedication to providing such a wonderful opportunity for tamariki to help celebrate Matariki. For those schools who may be interested... I strongly suggest for you to get involved next year. It is an awesome event!