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Whakatu Marae Visit

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Started by Snelly 31 Jan 2014 9:35am () Replies (9)

Please give us your thoughts and feedback on the Whakatu Marae visit...

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  • sarahd (View all users posts) 06 Feb 2014 12:38am ()

     It was a great day. Time constraints given, it was an excellent opportunity to explore the external resources, programmes and support provided by the Marae. Felt very welcomed and that it was a positive experience.

    Disappointment of the day was around not having time for the workshops. I think that concepts around ako, kaitiakitanga, turangawaewae, whakatauki (particulalrly localised), whanaungatanga, toanga  and manaakitanga can be better explored with our local Maori whanau if we have a better understanding of the stories, histories and traditions of local Maori and then also, in addition to our local Maori, to have an opportuntity to explore alongisde the Marae leaders how they engage Maori whanau who are from outside the area ( and those form within the area who have not engaged with the Marae) - this is sometimes a barrier for our urban transient Maori students/whanau. (and certainly these people may have a need to access these resources too)

    Looking forward to having an opportunity to return to posible workshops - is this a possibility?

    Highlight - opportunity to hear Angus. It's always a privelege to hear someone with mana speak. His generosity in sharing chapter 8 of his book much appreciated. 

     

    Toi tu te kupu, toi tu te mana, toi tu te whenua

    This proverb was spoken by Tinirau of Wanganui. It is a plead to hold fast to the culture, for without language, without mana (spirit), and without land, the essence of being a Maori would no longer exist, but be a skeleton which would not give justice to the full body of Maoritanga (maoridom).

    Our engagement as local educators seems to true to this proverb.

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