Arahura Marae was full of noise with our tamariki/rangatahi around the marae doing their thing during the school holidays. The kotahitanga, manaakitanga and whanaungatanga they have for each other and their marae is such a beautiful thing to watch and be part of.

Just being together was good enough for them, however they had plenty to do at the wānanga their kaiako Shanita Mason, Miriama White, Jamie Whittle and Mahana Coulston planned and organised for them. [Read more…]

Our July holiday programme again proved a huge success with over 30 tamariki. Two groups were formed – a teina group aged five to 10 years led by Miriama White and Nelly Mason, and a tuakana group 11 to 15 years led by Mahana Coulston and Jamie Whittle. Each morning we would met for karakia and waiata, then split off to go on our daily plans. [Read more…]

During the school holidays Waewae ran our first Fusion holiday programme for 30 tamariki at Arahura Marae.

Day 1
The programme started with a karakia to welcome everyone. They stood to do their pepeha and we sang some songs – the kids were so sharp they even learnt a new song. After lunch we taught them some Māori games.

Day 2
We were so lucky to have two beautiful kaimahi come in for the morning – Tihou Messenger Weepu and his lovely sister Katherine. They showed our kids some games such as Kī-o-Rahi, Takahia Kōhanga, Pūkana and a game called Zombie. Tihou has always been involved with our tamariki but this time it was a double combo. To have two kaiako that were pumped up and all about our tamariki was such an awesome site to see, so a huge mihi goes out to them both and we look forward to you both returning. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

In the last week of school holidays the Fusion Dance Crew came together for the first fusion wānanga for the year. Twenty-five tamariki spent the week together, along with kaiako Chantal and Miriama, and kaimahi Nelly and Hamiria.

We had the pleasure of inviting the Department of Conservation (DOC) to Te Tari o Arahura. DOC representatives Glen Newton and Deb Hogan talked to the tamariki about the endangered whio and how they are protected. They also showed the tamariki some of the traps they use to trap stoats and other pests. Arahura Kōhanga Reo also joined and everyone enjoyed the presentation. [Read more…]

We introduced kapa haka kaiako, Te Rua Mason, into our fusion wānanga during the July school holidays. At our monthly rūnanga hui he asked our kaumātua and whānau what they would like to see their tamariki learn more about. The answer that came back was –whakawhanaungatanga, manaakitanga and whakapapa.

Each morning the wānanga began with karakia, hīmene and pepeha and finished with games, karakia and hīmene. On the first day they went on a hīkoi to the Arahura awa, where they learned about the Poutini and Waitaiki legend. Kaiako Miriama and Te Rua then split the tamariki into groups team leaders to build their own pā. All four teams built their pā according to early traditions. [Read more…]

Fusion hip hop and kapa haka wānanga

The first school holidays for the year saw us staging our fusion hip hop and kapa haka wānanga. The crew was made up of 21 Ngāti Waewae tamariki aged four to 17. This time the tamariki learnt new Waewae waiata, haka, and how to make poi. The wānanga ran for five days and each day they had three different classes – waiata, haka and hip hop. On the third day of the wānanga, we had some very sad news that Aunty Babe had passed away, so we prepared ourselves for the tangi. [Read more…]