#4 Weekly Update 2019



Friday 29 March 2019

Rāmere, te 29 o Hui-tanguru



Read on to be in to win ice blocks for your class on the last day of term 1

Hui for our Māori leaders at Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae

At the end of term 1 we are gathering all Māori leaders from each kura for a hui at our local marae, Te Herenga Waka o Orewa with kaumatua, Kereama Nathan.

The hui aims to give our leaders a chance to build relationships with the marae. The process of establishing and building relationships and a sense of whanau is a Māori principle called whakawhanaungatanga. Kereama will provide professional development for our leaders that will be beneficial to us all. Our leaders will have the chance to discuss the development of te reo Māori and tikanga Māori in our contributing kura.

If you are interested in checking out the marae, follow this link

Tiriti o Waitangi comic in School Journal Story Library (Great for teachers’ learning too)

This article explaining the Tiriti o Waitangi has been making the rounds on Facebook. It’s a great way to learn about the treaty in a critical way. This is not only great for students but for teachers to refresh their understanding. Here is a link for those of you who want to read on: LINK

Tikanga me te reo Māori initiatives across our kura:

Over the course of 2019, we are running an initiative to increase the number of waiata, himine, karakia, mihimihi and karanga in our collective kete. Under the guidance of Māori leaders within each kura, these will be broken up into manageable bites, all of our teachers and learners will be given the task of learning waiata and karakia appropriate for a pōwhiri.

The aim is that all of our kura will be able to confidently hold a rich pōwhiri for new students and kaiako at the beginning of 2020 that all students can actively participate in.

You can see the whole document by following the link below:

Māori Initiative Doc Kāhui Ako Orewa 2019

One of these karakia is Whakataka te Hau. WIN A CLASS SET OF ICE BLOCKS:

In order to help promote the learning of Whakataka te Hau, we are holding a challenge for classes. To go into the draw to win up to 35 ice blocks, your class just needs to send a video of the students reciting Whakataka te Hau from memory.

Competition closes on Wednesday, April 3/ Rāapa, te 3 o Paenga-whāwhā, 2019

Winning Class announced Friday, April 5/ Rāmere, te 5 o Paenga-whāwhā, 2019

Send videos, with school name, teacher and class details to:


Whakataka te Hau (Himine/Karakia):

Whakataka te hau is a karakia used at Orewa College and a number of our kura. It is also often used at Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae to start a hui/pōwhiri. Whakataka te Hau is a versatile karakia that can be used to start a school day in the classroom or open any form of hui. It can also be sung as a himine.

To use this karakia in your kura/class you can follow below:

Kaikarakia: “E tu tatou” Everybody stand (all of us)

Kaikarakia: “Kia inoi tatou” Let us pray (All of us)


Hīmene/Hymn: Whakataka te Hau – Himine Video Link

Karakia: Whakataka te Hau Karakia video link

Whakataka te hau ki te uru,
Whakataka te hau ki te tonga.Kia mākinakina ki uta,
Kia mātaratara ki tai.

Kia hī ake ana te atākura he tio,
he huka, he hauhu.

Tihei Mauri Ora!

Get ready for the westerly
and be prepared for the southerly.It will be icy cold inland,
and icy cold on the shore.

May the dawn rise red-tipped on ice,
on snow, on frost.

Sneeze of life, call to claim the right to speak

Whakataka te hau can also be recited as an incantation to begin a speech – the actual tauparapara used are a way that tangata whenua are able to identify a visiting group, as each tribe has tauparapara peculiar to them. Tauparapara are a type of karakia.

Giving mana to Tiriti o Waitangi in our kura

Watch Janelle Riki-Waaka, CORE Education, discussing how focusing on what it means to be a school unique to Aotearoa New Zealand and reflecting our bicultural heritage gives mana to Tiriti o Waitangi. Janelle encourages educators to ask themselves: How would I know I am in a school in Aotearoa? She believes it is a moral and ethical imperative to protect and honour te reo Māori, tikanga Māori and our bicultural history for every student in every school in New Zealand.

Watch video here


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