Nā te atuatanga o te tamaiti hei whakarahi – Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work…
Ko Pikitu te Marae ko Raukawa te iwi
Ranginui and Papatūānuku collaborated today to turn on a most beautiful sunny day for our visit to Pikitu Marae.
We experienced some of these traditions when visiting te marae:
– karanga – calling on as part of our pōwhiri – welcome
– via the wāhi tapu – entranceway
– removing shoes before entering ‘Huri’ the Wharenui
– listening to kaumātua – elders whaikōrero – making speeches
– supporting by singing waiata in response
After tapu is lifted we are no longer guests – we are whānau. Hongi – sharing breath by pressing ihu – noses or shaking hands completes the welcome process.
Tamariki were free to explore, be curious, absorb the atmosphere, relax and have fun.
Kia ora e te whānau for supporting these events – sharing in the true essence of whanaungatanga.