Noho Marae

The first weekend in March was a whānau weekend at the kura.  Tanemahuta Gray again wove his magic with a workshop on Saturday attended by around 40 people, including a high number of tamariki.  The conversation and conviviality meant that it was difficult to gather people again to focus on more learning after lunch, but that all just added to the atmosphere.

After the workshop, many whānau stayed on for the afternoon, evening, night, morning…  Pipiri Walker, a founder member of the school and respected member of the local Māori community, came to share his stories of the mahi that went into the beginning of the kura.  There was a sedate walk down the hill – by the adults - to connect to the places he was talking about.  The tamariki were less sedate, no surprises there.

Dinner and evening ‘chill-out’ saw around thirty people bedded down in the Eurythmy room.  By morning the talk was of the lack of snoring that occurred during the night – perhaps the wairua of the Eurythmy room blessed us all with peace and calm!

Before clean-up we visited the Class 10 Aotearoa history exhibition in the Upper School – ka pai te mahi!  We finished with a poroporoaki, a finishing and thanking informal ceremony, as endings are important as beginnings – often because they can lead to new beginnings.  We hope that this whānau experience can be repeated at the kura on a regular basis, so the aroha can be extended to others.

Ngā mihi,

Suzanne Manning on behalf of Te Ropu.


Aroha                   love

Ka pai te mahi! Good work!

Kura                      school

Mahi                     work

Tamariki              children

Wairua                 spirit

Whānau              family, in its wider sense


Schedule of activities

On Rāapa/Wednesday before the Matariki Festival, it was a calm pre-dawn morning.  Quite a contrast between what was to come!  Te Rōpū tautoko i te kaupapa Māori led the kura/school community in a ceremony to welcome Matariki to our skies.  The karanga/calling through the dark stillness was followed by the chanting of karakia/prayers which link us to creation. 

An event full of wairua/spirit, with a community feel because of all the whānau/family members who were there – many who had stayed the night previous, in the Eurthymy Room, some who got out of bed early to join us.  The scene had been set for the rest of the festival week.


Na, Suzanne Manning

On behalf of Te Rōpū tautoko i te kaupapa Māori


Also pictures from the Noho Marae held earlier this year: