On 12 July our tamariki greeted us for our tamariki day held every school holidays at our whare, Moki. We began the day with karakia and waiata. The tamariki then introduced themselves through their mihi. Our awesome facilitator, Aunty Liz Brown, then explained to the tamariki what they would be doing, making taonga. We went down to the beach and collected items for our day. The tamariki then went back to the marae to start making their treasures. It’s amazing how much you can do with our flat stones we get from Kaitorete.


The tamariki really enjoyed making taonga, and came up with some amazing designs. Some of our older tamariki (rangatahi) had not been for some years, and it was choice to see them coming back! We all appreciated the time our aunties spent with us, and would like to thank Aunty Liz, Aunty Rosaline, Aunty Denise and Tāua Margaret for joining us for the day. We always finish off by gathering together making a circle and going around and asking the tamariki what they enjoyed. Once this is done we do karakia and waiata, and take phone numbers to catch up. Our next tamariki day will be in the next school holidays.

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Arahia Maea with tamariki.


Tamariki at Moki.


Kaitorete spit, Taumutu.


Front; Te Atarau and Rangitiriao Nutira.