As part of their role on the Kahui Ako (Community of Learners), Mr Joyce and Mrs Rollinson were invited to visit Kohuturoa Marae. After a powhiri they were able to learn about some Muaupoko Legends and History. They had an opportunity to find out about the history of Wai Punahau ( Lake Horowhenua) They then visited the Horowhenua District Council to see the Lake core samples, and see the recovery and cultural plans on display. Finally they finished up at the Muaupoko Tribal Authority to see the arts and taonga that are held there and had an opportunity to get an overview of Iwi Strategy ( including Education). This was a wonderful opportunity and supports our Fairfield inquiry about building meaningful relationships within our community.
On Thursday 2 and Friday 3 March, our school visited Kawiu Marae, of Muaūpoko Iwi. Our juniors visited on Thursday and our seniors visited on Friday.
The visits to the marae provided our children with an outstanding learning experience, where they were involved in powhiri, waiata, hongi and the breaking of tapu, through shared kai.
Our children were outstanding and did themselves proud, with their superb behaviour and respect of kawa.
We are incredibly grateful to Muaūpoko for hosting us and welcoming us onto their Marae. These visits have started our relationship with Muaūpoko and Kawiu.
Ka mau te wehi ngā tamariki!