“This is my mountain”
“Taupiri is my mountain”
“Kakepuku is my mountain”
“I see five mountains on my way to Nana and Pops”
Mana whenua, the link to local ancestral lands, an integral part of Enviroschools. It is common to hear tamariki talk about their mountain, the one they claim ownership if.
In Kihikihi, we are surrounded by several maunga, they are a big part of our environment. Maungatautari, Pirongia, Kakepuku and Te Kawa are our most noticeable and easily observed maunga. Whether spotted on the way to kindergarten or seen from home, these are our mountains.
Teachers notice when tamariki create mountains and name them in the sandpit, or retell stories, recognise photos of their mountains or draw pictures of the mountains they know. Children are making sense of their world and what they have come to know and understand.
Central Kids Kihikihi Kindergarten is a Silver Reflection Enviroschool and believe if we all know and love our land, our mountains and waterways, we are more likely to look after them . We can be Kaitiaki and care for te taiao.
Haere tonu tamariki mā.