Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The wharenui is near completion

The walls are on, thanks to Tala and a number of children who helped bang in the tag nails to hold on the bamboo cladding. It is now time for the roof and the placement of the kowhaiwhai panels to be completed and we will have our new permanent wharenui (meeting house).
The children have been learning their waiata to be ready for the powhiri and also several children have begun learning the karanga to call our visitors onto our marae.

Lucy has made a sign reminding the children of the tikanga of the wharenui which are no shoes, no water and no food. At our place it also means no sand or mud.


The wharenui signifies a greater journey for the tamariki and kaiako of Nayland Kindergarten as we strengthen our te reo through the daily recital of our mihimihi and srengthen our use of te reo throughout our day. What a journey and what a celebration. Watch this space to see the wharenui completed and the powhiri which we will share with our community including Nayland Primary, especially past tamariki and their whanau and Akomanga wha - Room 4 and Kaiako Nicky Mason for all their teaching and support of our journey.

Check out earlier posts on this blog about our first wharenui and is you would like to learn more te reo and tikanga around this event and in everyday practice.

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