Thursday, 24 August 2017
Our stay at Tūhuru Marae - Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae - Part 1
On Tuesday morning we set off for Arahura for our visit and stay at the Marae up above the river. We were all really excited about staying and we would be meeting Kumara school there too.
When we arrived it was time to get ready for our powhiri. We are manuhiri and we wait for the tangata whenua to welcome us across the ātea into the wharenui.Taua Jo was the kaikaranga. We took our shoes off before going into the wharenui.For some of us it was the first time we have been part of a powhiri or done hongi. After kai we went in two groups and learnt more about the whakapapa and kōrero o mua.
Two years ago our class performed the story of Tamaahua, Waitaiki and Poutini so it was quite cool when Taua Jo told the story about the ama, tekoteko and koruru of her marae- they were Tamaahua at the top (pounamu) and Waitaiki on the left (looking at the marae) and Poutini on the right.
We also found out that just over the Paparoa range at the back of our school there was a war where Ngāti Waewae defeated Ngāti Wairangi and Tuhuru the warrior chief took his tribe and built their
After lunch the younger kids headed back home and the older kids who were staying over went to the awa (Arahura) to learn more about the connection with Pounamu and to see if we could find any - it's elusive and Matua T and Taua Jo told us that many kaumatua living down at the Pa haven't found any or only tiny pieces. If you find your first pounamu tikanga says you give it away to someone special to you.