Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Te Pakeke o Whirikoka

Today we visited an ancient Pa site in Whatatutu from the iwi Nga Ariki Kaiputahi (meaning The Chiefs who Partake of the Goodness). We were cloaked in the Korowai o Waikohu (the cloak of mist for the area) however it didn't affect our enjoyment and learning.  It was a very powerful experience to see everyone learning about our area's history and make a connection with local stories.  The Lloyd Whanau have collected and created some beautiful artwork and made their Pa a welcoming place for all.  Of great interest is the philosophy which our class follows closely Te Whare Tapa Wha - the four corner stones of health and wellbeing - Taha Wairua (Spiritual health), Taha Hinengaro (Mental Heath), Taha Tinana (Physical Health), Taha Whanau (Family), Taha Whenua (The Land).  We have ben learning about this and relating it to our own mindfulness particularly in sessions with Mrs Mill.  Below is a picture of the artwork that Marcus has created showing the concept and how they fit together with families - Beautiful! 

Before we went to the Lloyd's house we called into Mangatu Marae to be welcomed and practice our Powhiri.  Mangatu Marae is a different type of marae with no carvings other than the Tipuna - Tamanui as the people follow the teachings of an ancestor Te Kooti.  However the Whare Kai is beautifully decorated and is a place of sharing food and stories together.  

Thank you, thank you, thank you Marcus for a beautiful day! 

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please structure your comments as follows:
Positive - Something done well.
Thoughtful - A sentence to let us know you actually read/watched or listened to what they had to say.
Helpful - Give some ideas for next time or ask a question you want to know more about.