Tuia te muka here tangata, kia mau, kia ita, kia tū roa ai! Koinā te kaupapa karanga a Te Aho Tū Roa kia kōtuia tātou ki Taiao, arā kia haere atu i runga i te reo karanga o tā tātou koroua a Tangaroa, i ngā kuia a Hinemoana me Hine Tūākirikiri. He Kohi Para te kaupapa i tū i tēnei rā, te Raapa, 2nd o Poutūterangi ki Ōtaki nei. Ko mātou o Tū Roa Kohanga Reo, o He Iti Nā Mōtai Whare Kōhungahunga, o Te Kākanō o te Kura Kohanga Reo, me ētahi nō Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito i tae ā tinana atu ki te kaupapa. Wēhi nā!
He harakoa, he ihiihi te taki i te karakia ki ngā atua Māori kia tauwhirotia kātoatia mātou i roto i ngā mahi, haumie, hui e taiki e!
He hū i kitea, he pēke kirihou anō hoki, ā, ko te pūwero parakete tētahi atu o ngā rapihi! Auē, taukiri e!!! Ahakoa ēnei mahi a te mūrere, i rawe te kite atu kāore i pērā rawa te kino ki tātahi. He mihi tērā ki te hunga e manaaki ana i te taiao i Ōtaki nei, kia ora tonu tēnei taiao mīharo mō ngā tamariki whakaheke mai.
Kua tīmata te waihanga kūpenga harakeke hei here i ngā para i kohia i tēnei rangi. I whakatū papamahi hoki a Whaea Te Atawhai ki te taha o Johanna Mere i te Ōtaki Kite Festival, hei kawe tonu i ēnei mahi o tātou. Ā tōnā wā, ka whakaaturia ai ngā mahi miharo ā ngā tamariki ki te Whare Pukapuka i Ōtaki e hāngai pū ana ki te toitūtanga o te taiao, kia toi te moana, kia toi te tangata hei oranga mō tātou katoa.
Healthy Seas, Healthy People
On Wednesday 2nd March 2016 our local kohanga reo o Tū Roa in collaboration with Te Aho Tū Roa, and national theme SEAWEEK, rallied all local Kohanga Reo and ECE’s to participate in a Beach Clean Up — Kohi Para ki Tangaroa.
In keeping with the theme of Healthy Seas, Healthy People, He Iti Nā Mōtai Whare Kōhungahunga took up the invitation and walked their entire centre to and from the beach, buggies and energetic little ones in tow! Impressive!
We were overwhelmed with the turn out of tamariki from some of our local kohanga reo and kura including He Iti Nā Mōtai Whare Kōhungahunga, Te Kākanō o te Kura Kohanga Reo, and some representatives from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito. Tama-nui-te-rā was in full force, which made it challenging at times to keep to the task! Auē!
As with all kaupapa, we began with karakia, followed by kori tinana and discussions led by Whaea Te Atawhai from Te Aho Tū Roa, around the importance of looking after our moana. According to Four Year Old Blaize from He Iti Nā Mōtai “we must protect our moana so that our ika don’t die…” After Q + A, we headed to the beach shore to start the rubbish hunt!
We found some interesting items, including shoes, plastic bags, dead birds, ciggarette butts, and a plastic syringe. Yuck! We were surprised at the small amounts we found on this day, a good sign that our community in Ōtaki are vigilant about keeping our environment clean for all.
We started incorporating the ‘clean’ rubbish collected into a woven net (designed and made by local artist and kuia Debbie Buston). This work also continued in collaboration with Te Aho Tū Roa, Johanna Mere and KCDC with the SeaMonster workshop during the Ōtaki Kite Festival recently.
We plan to showcase our work in an exhibition with He Iti Nā Mōtai at the Ōtaki Library in May – June. We are excited about this project and are definitely learning lots about the whakapapa of our rubbish. We look forward to sharing your rubbish in our childrens artworks and stories as a way of engaging people to respect our landscape and waterways so that they remain a taonga for all.</p