I would like to thank Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka for the opportunity to attend the Ngāi Tahu Te Mahere Mātauranga celebration and wānaka at Ngāti Wheke on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 May. Thank you for enabling me to be a part of this hui, which I found very informative.

While some of the kaupapa were new to me, it was good to catch up on what is going on in terms of education for Ngāi Tahu at present. I look forward to hearing the outcome of the new role ‘kaitoko’ proposed for rūnaka, he mahi nui tērā. It was also great to see the resources made by various rūnaka. I hope the pēpi pack comes to fruition.

Everyone should be proud of their mahi and rauemi. As an early childhood education (ECE) teacher I was intrigued to learn more about anything to with this subject.

The literature review report was interesting and highlighted a few documents relevant to ECE, which I am not familiar with, so will look into these.

The creation story DVD was amazing, I had never heard this before. Information communication technologies today are incredible, and if this resource becomes available for whānau that would be another taonga for us to treasure.

Finally, it was great to network and share ideas with another young teacher in ECE, based in Christchurch. She gave me much food for thought, which I continue to reflect upon.

Another point and reflective question from discussions held was ensuring that we ask ourselves three things when and after attending professional development opportunities, firstly, what have you learnt today? Secondly, how are you going to apply it in practice, and lastly are you applying it in practice? So I will leave you all with those three little questions.

I think that’s about all, though I must thank you again as this was my first noho on the ‘new’ Te Wheke, which was pretty special and it was lovely to spend time with my mum and whānau up at Rāpaki. Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. Nā Ellen Pe’a.

From left, Ellen Pe’a, Rangimaria Suddaby, Joan Thomas and Muriel Johnstone.

From left, Ellen Pe’a, Rangimaria Suddaby, Joan Thomas and Muriel Johnstone.