Te Röpu Whanau o Te Kura o Tapu te Ranga – Whanau Group
We are a group of Island Bay families focused on strengthening tikanga Maori - in our kids and ourselves; within the school and within the community.
We do this through whakawhanaungatanga – building community and honouring people where they are, who they are, what they are.
Meetings are a chance to get together, to learn and practice te reo and tikanga (mihi, pepeha, karakia, waiata etc). No prior knowledge is required – just enthusiasm. We spend time singing, playing guitar/ukulele, talking and sharing kai.
We focus our energies on 4 core events through the school year:
- pöhiri (at the start of each term);
-Matariki (Aotearoa New Year);
-noho marae (towards the end of the year), and
- poroporoaki (at the year’s end).
Look out for meeting times in the school newsletter, or contact Maria Whiting firstname.lastname@example.org
We would love you to join us.
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, ëngari he toa takitini.
Translation: My strength is not the strength of one person but the strength of many.
Meaning: The individual draws on the support of others for his or her strength.
Na te Whanau Group
Taiaha/ rake practise 2016
Karanga Girls 2016
Noho Marae 2016
Kapa Haka Exchange with
St Francis de Sales
On Friday at 6.50am we had a lovely Matariki celebration at Island Bay beach and over 70 people attended the beach talk with our special guest Toa Waka. It had stopped raining and we sheltered under the Island Bay marine classroom on the beach side. The weather was touch and go but it subsided long enough for our talk. It was a wonderful speech and we had a awesome karakia followed by a waiata by all the children who made it to the beach. After our talk, we headed to school for a big breakfast and there were about 200 people who made it for breakfast. Wow, it was a fantastic attendance despite the weather turning cooler and wetter. Then at 8.20 am, we had the special tree planting ceremony yo mark a another new year and a great speech from Perry, followed by a karakia. A huge thanks to all the whanau and tamariki that came along. It was "Tino rawe/excellent!"
Ka nui te mihi mo te tau hou Nga Whanau o Tapu te Ranga. Happy Maori New year to all the Island Bay Whanau!
Together with the Home & School Association one focus for this year is on completing the new school waharoa (entrance way), which will provide our school with a meaningful and welcoming entrance area.