Practicing the Hongi
We are working hard on our Haka and Waiata for the Powhiri. The stamping feet are making the earth tremble and dust is sent up to the sky in clouds. Our voices can be heard ringing from the clifftops, drifting out above the waves.
The Powhiri is a fantastic occasion, welcoming new whanau to our school. It is a time where we come together, acknowledge the past and the stories of the people who have come before us. For example did you know that this is the place where Ngai Tara, the first long term inhabitants of Te Whanganui a Tara, lived? It is their Pa and we celebrate that fact.
It takes some time and a whole lot of energy to get it right but we are willing. We are looking forward to meeting you all.
To the kids who are leading the Haka and Karanga, to the teachers and parents who are having a new experience we say: Kia Kaha, Kia Manawa Nui