Purpose of a combined wānanga:
To support our rangatahi (young people) in connecting to Māori culture and place in Uruuruwhenua (Central Otago). It is an opportunity for our rangatahi to connect with other rangatahi in our area, learn from one another and create a sense of whanaungatanga (kinship) amongst our kura (school) and within each kura. Māori students actively engaging with Kapa Haka, Te Reo and Te Ao Māori were invited to participate and learn from members of our community.
It was a wonderful learning experience and we look forward to the next one in Cromwell in term 3 where, we will get to hear from a Ngai Tahu Koumatua Darren Rewi and the history of storytelling.
Thank you to Whaea Francie, Matua Johnni, Matua Tim, Whaea Teri Kahukuranui, Matua Cory Rātahi for sharing your knowledge