It’s always nice to see all our kids reunite for Fusion wānanga. We have a new kaiako, Tihou Weepu, who introduced lots of fun with his Māori games and kōrero on the history of our tīpuna. It was a pleasure to see him connect with all our tamariki. Welcome to the team Tihou.

A big mihi to all our kaiako for their time and effort to make this wānanga a success – Miriama White, Tihou Weepu, Chantal Tumahai, Nelly Mason and Hamiria Hutana. Thanks also to our rūnaka, our whānau and the amazing tamariki who make this wānanga possible.

Throughout the week, Miriama took classes on kapa haka, where the tamariki learnt new songs and actions, Chantal taught those funky hip hop moves and Tihou led them in Māori games and team building.

On the Friday instead of making the kids do a show for all the parents, we took them on a ‘Fusion Friday Surprise Fun day out’ to On Yer Bike where all those aged 11 and over got to ride on 4-wheelers bikes, supervised by Chantal and Tihou.

The younger kids rode on the Hagglund, which carried about 14 of us at a time. We then took the tamariki to the Māwhera swimming pools with KFC to finish. The journey home was very quiet with all the kids exhausted from a big week.

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Tamariki having fun during the Fusion wānanga.