To celebrate Maori language week, Room 9 went to a Marae called Araiteuru Marae to learn about the Maori culture and marae protocol. At the Marae, we did lots of fun things. Some of them brought us out of our comfort zone. Some things like the hongi. The hongi is when two people lightly touch noses. Translated into English, it means the breath of life. We had to hongi all of the staff there and so did the teachers. After that we sang the staff there sang a waita to us. Once we had both sang we got split into three groups and went off to do activates.
On the first activity we did, we all shared our Mihi’s. The first activity that my group did was making whistles out of small bits of bamboo and if you blew into it the right way you could get a good sound. The second activity that we did was the Titi Toreau. Translated into English, Titi Toreau means ‘Stab, stab, rip ’. The Titi Toreau is a short stick that was used by the Maori to kill people. The other activity that we did was the raku (translated into English means stick). It is a Maori weapon that that we used to learn how to hit and block with. It is longer than the Titi Toreau but it was still used for fighting.
The Marae was a lot of fun because we learnt lot of new skills and things about the Maori culture and we are going to teach them to other people in our school so they will know. This was the first Marae visit that St Clair School has had and we hope to have lots more.
By Eleana. Year 6