Friday, 6 March 2015

Kia Ora E Koru...

Today we went on a field trip to a workshop run at The Dowse called Kia Ora E Koru. We explored where we come from (a Māori story of creation), where we belong (a story about our local Māori heritage) and then went into the artspace to create our own 'picture about our lives' - using Māori forms like koru to represent our tipuna (ancestors), maunga (mountain) and awa (river).  This fitted in so well with our Inquiry, Me and My Place.

Our hostess Jolie told us the story of Ranginui and Papatuanuku, a Māori myth about the origin of the world...

We took a closer look at the gorgeous pātaka, Nuku Tewhatewha. This building is steeped in history and we were all very interested to hear about Chief Wi Tako who came from Naenae in Lower Hutt and had it built in the 1850's, over two centuries ago.  You can read more about the beautiful carvings and what they represent here.

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