Our special visitors(staff and students in dress ups) were ready. Frodo Baggins, The cat in the hat and even Mrs Wishy Washy were all there.
My heart’s pounding, my legs are trembling, my ears are blocked with the sound of silence.
”Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai ra”, bellowed through the air. Karanga mai, karanga mai, karanga mai ra..”, the calls of welcome and response bellowed through the silent school of Owairaka. ” Hei runga, hei raro….” rattled our once quiet bodies into life, like a robot receiving new batteries, re-energised. The himene began with the sweet words of … “He honore”. David began our karakia on behalf of the school waiting proudly. ”Inoi Tatou” , the karakia was said beautifully by the students of Owairaka School.
Matua Tom amazed us with his words of wisdom.
Mrs Diana Tregoweth followed with her, mihi of welcome to the vistors, “Maku e mahi, mau e mahi, ma tatou katoa ka whiwhi i te matauranga teitei’, melted the silence like a hot knife through butter.
Within minutes, our powhiri had concluded with a ‘hongi and hariru amongst the select , Tangata Whenua and the visitors, including our fabulous authors of the day Kyle Mewburn and Melinda Syznemik.
The library (Te Whare Pukapuka o te Matauranga) was awazing. Fresh, new books to stimulate our minds, beautiful decor for our comfort and even an area for research, just fantastic!
A fabulous ‘You can do it , Owairaka’ day!
Na Catherine Tau’aho and Mrs Karaka