The Whanau O Owairaka Lead The Way

15 12 2010

5.00 pm rolled around quickly as we (ngaa kootiro) – the girls bustled into Ngaa Ringa Awhina and ngaa tama (boys) assembled in Room 17. Our nerves took over, as we ran over the night’s performance.

Dresses check, head pieces check, ngaa poi double check. Mrs Karaka began with a karakia, as we always do, this is a daily occurance, a part of our routine in Room 17 and in our Te Reo classes each week. We were ready to take the stage.

Many eyes focused on our every movement. You could have cut the tension with a knife.

Rosie began with a powerful karanga of welcome, quickly followed by Anialla who I thought had forgotten her lines, but no she soldiered on, then it was Wendy’s turn, then mine. I bellowed out loudly, ‘Teenaa i whiua’ our kapa erupted into life, eyes doing pukana, the boys tongues flashing fiercely. Chills ran up my spine.

My voice soared and broke. I gave it my all. So much I had nothing left for my next song. Luckily Mrs Karaka was there in support. I heard her command us to, “Kia kaha! Be strong!” So we did. We gave it as much as we had left from our previous assembly experience. My tired voice ached as we sang each song/Waiata.

I believe Mrs Karaka was very proud of us and that she will always be a part of Te Whanau o Owairaka.

We will miss you Mrs Karaka so don’t forget us!

Shona F Year 6 2010

To all our Year 6 leavers, ‘Kia kaha, kia maia, KIA MATAARA!


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15 12 2010
ckaraka

Kia ora koutou ngaa tamariki i tu ki te atamira. Ngaa mihi mahana ki koutou ki o koutou kaha, me o koutou mahi haka.

you are awesome!

To our parents and supporters, thank you all too. thank you for letting your children be a part of learning Te Reo maaori and Haka. They will keep our Maaori culture alive!
Mauriora

21 12 2010
TANI AND WHA

I’M A TANIWHA ๐Ÿ˜›

22 12 2010
ckaraka

Yes you are… I leave Room 17 in your’s and the new Year 6s capable hands. It’s up to you all to keep Wairaka alive… Kia MATAARA!

23 12 2010
TAPU

HI MRS KARAKA WATS UP

23 12 2010
ckaraka

Hey Tapu,
just getting into the festive seasons… Still got lots of shopping to do.

Meri Kirihimete to you & your whanau… Remember it is up to the R17 Year 6s to look after our pepeha and teaching of Te Reo and teaching about Wairaka to the rest of the school.

Mauriora!

3 01 2011
Matt

ROOM 17 YEAR SIXES GOOD LUCK 4 NEXT YEAR !!

12 01 2011
matt

Mrs Karaka,

Good luck with your new school and best wishes,

Matthew Manukuo๐Ÿ˜€ :v

12 01 2011
teacher

Kia ora Matt,

I wish you & all my year 6s all the best for 2011. Remember you can do it.
I will come visit – So don’t worry i will be around to see you guys to really well!

Keep up doing the morning karakia, kai karakia and afternoon karakia…

26 01 2011
teacher

To Room 17 year 6s 7 the new year 5s – It is up to you to teach the pepeha, stories and songs associated with Wairaka to the school.

Kia kaha!

Mrs Karaka

30 01 2011
matt

ok Mrs Karaka i will make sure that evreyone get’s the word of the pepeha,

Kia Ora , Mrs Karaka๐Ÿ˜€

15 02 2011
smiley

๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ™‚

5 06 2011
ckaraka

Hey tama ma (Matt, Tane and Jesse) Time has just disappeared… I think you should ask Mr Waller if he could teach you to create your own blog site??? Sorry I couldn’t come in to see/work with you all.

Keep learning and passing on the knowledge you have as the ‘kaitiaki’ of the history of Wairaka…

Kia kaha koutou!

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