Sunday, 5 June 2011
“Matariki hunga nui”
Matariki has many admirers
This week’s Whakatauki was explained by Rosemary Rangitauira nō Ngāti Manawa.
The Ahuwhenua Māori excellence in farming award was established in 1932 by Sir Apirana Ngata and Lord Bledisloe with the purpose of encouraging profiency in Māori Farming. The first award was won by William Swinton of Raukokore in 1933. Today the award recognises efforts in sheep and beef farming. Te Ahi Kaa visits one of the three finalists - Otakanini Topu Incorporation in the Kaipara Harbour and gets a tour with manager Ray Monk.
Justine Murray attended the hui a tau (annual general meeting) of Nga Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa hosted by Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Mana Tamariki in Palmerston North. There she met Hawaiians Kaipo Tam, Palekaua Yee, Kapono Lee and Kamuela Kimokeo who were based at the kura for a week to learn more about how te reo is instilled and grown within the school and whanau unit. Principal Toni Waho explains how the exchange helps the students to take what they learned back to their homeland, Hawaii.
In our series Nga Marae o te Motu, Justine Murray is at Tuamatene Marae in Grovetown, Blenheim.
Left: Richard Bradley. Right: Mara kai grown at Tuamatene Marae.
Left: Te paepae tapu. Right: Inside wharemoe.
Ko Ko; Matariki and Tatai Hono performed by Ngahiwi Apanui from the album Matariki (2011)