Kia Kūrapa ki Kaikōura

Kia Kurapa ki Kaikoura rōpū

I huihui mai nei ngā tāngata nō Te Tai o Marokura kia whai i te reo o ō tātou tīpuna.

Four generations – kaumātua, pākeke, rakatahi and tamariki – took part in Kia Kūrapa ki Kaikōura over the weekend.

Rāwiri Manawatu

Rāwiri Manawatu.

Rāwiri Manawatu (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Kurī), with the support of Kotahi Mano Kāika, organised this te reo Māori wānanga for Ngāti Kurī whānau and the wider community.

The wānanga was designed for beginner to intermediate te reo Māori speakers and was taught in a supportive whānau environment.

“The one thing about te reo is that it can scare people. This wānanga is about making it easy and hopefully everybody goes away with a hunger to learn more,” said Rāwiri.

Participants learnt karakia, waiata, new words, proverbs and sayings. It was a lot to take in. However, the kaiako continuously checked in with their students and adapted the pace to suit them.

“The great thing about this whānau environment is that because there is no curriculum, no test, you can change it up to suit the needs of the whānau,” said Rāwiri.

From left: Darlene Morgan, Shannon Wards and Karuna Thurlow.

From left: Darlene Morgan, Shannon Wards and Karuna Thurlow.

Mother of three, Darlene Morgan (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Kurī, Ngāti Pikiao) has been learning te reo Māori on and off throughout her life and thrived in this environment.

“The most valuable thing I found was hearing people speaking and trying to put into context what they might be talking about,” said Darlene.

Kaikōura early childhood and primary school teachers were also invited to the wānanga.

“The idea is that our early childhood centres, our primary schools and our high schools are feeding our tamariki te reo and tikanga. Our whānau may not be in all the schools but we still have the teachers who can help our tamariki,” said Rāwiri.

Pip Johnston, manager of the Kaikōura Barnardos Early Learning Centre attended the wānanga. She recognises that te reo is a powerful way to connect with Māori tamariki.

“I want to learn more so that I can teach more. We have learned that Māori children, who are taught their culture do a lot better in school. I want to make their schooling the best it can be so they get the best outcomes.”

Rāwiri Manawatu will be starting a te reo Māori course in Kaikōura next month. If you want information about the course please contact Rāwiri Manawatu phone 021 0261 8717 or email rā[email protected]

From left: Karena Hole, Sarah Laugesen, Pip Johnston and Keri King.

From left: Karena Hole, Sarah Laugesen, Pip Johnstone and Keri King.