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Marae visit

Today we took all the Year 9s on a bus ride to a marae for a day visit. It was a small marae, in Moera, which seems a bit like the Strathmore of Petone, but the people were really nice. Just a tiny marae, that was also a Presbyterian Maori church, with a tukutuku panel of the Last Supper! I'll show you a photo tomorrow as I left my camera at school this afternoon.
It was tiring just marshalling the troops to be good, to listen, to try out their mihimihi (that's like reciting your immediate family ancestry, to show where you come from so the other people can 'place you', you also list your mountain, your river, your tribe, your sub tribe etc), poi, songs etc. The local kura kaupapa came on a bus to visit (it's a Maori language-immersion school) and their Year 5 and 6 children sang at least six action songs for us. They were cute as buttons and our girls loved them. When they were told to mix with the little kids and learn some Maori there was a rush to do so! It was great to see all the children chatting and laughing together.
The thing is, Maori culture is vitally important to NZ and it's shameful for teenagers to be vacant about the culture, the marae kawa (rules of the marae), the basic greetings and some waiata (songs). Everyone here should know that much. It's not hard to learn the basics. And the songs are beautiful so they're worth learning!
Marae rules are pretty easy - no shoes, no eating in meeting room, don't step over anyone, only men speak on the formal marae, only women call visitors forth from the gate, always sing after a speech, don't sit on a table, offer to help in the kitchen... they'd be the biggest things to remember.

And tomorrow I have to lead my team of Religious Education teachers in a planning day, getting stuff ready for next year. Should be better than the classroom!
Asher has study for a biology exam and tonight I was testing him so I now know a lot about a cow's digestive system, dog teeth, ecosystems, forest strata and parasites. Lucky me.

But I'm tired. Good night. No reira, ka kite ano. (/car key-tay are no) (therefore, see you later). *g*

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moth2fic
Nov. 14th, 2011 12:26 pm (UTC)
Sounds lovely! Looking forward to pics.
natesmountain
Nov. 18th, 2011 10:16 am (UTC)
OMG the pics! I keep leaving the camera at school and I can't do LJ at school! Argh! Sorry!
margaret_r
Nov. 15th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
You always tell us such interesting things about Maori culture! It must have been a great, if tiring day. Looking forward to seeing your pics.
natesmountain
Nov. 18th, 2011 10:18 am (UTC)
Maori culture is interesting. And although I can't claim it as mine, I like to know about it. I find it resonates well in me... somehow. And it has a beauty of patience not often seen in meetings today.
microjotz
Nov. 15th, 2011 09:38 am (UTC)
Yay for young people learning about "others"...wish that happened here more than it does.

Hope it goes well for Asher and he is asked all the things he knows the answers to ;o)
natesmountain
Nov. 18th, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
Asher and his exams... a bit of a mystery! I just cross my fingers!

-Yay for young people learning about "others"
Our girls are generally very open to 'others' since most of them come from 'others' themselves. In our school we have heaps of Assyrians, Samoans, Tongans, Ethiopians, some Fijian Indians, other Africans, Chinese, Koreans, Arabs, Italians... and even Europeans! And of course Maori.
greenpizzazz6
Nov. 16th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
I love that the school places such high focus on other cultures. Our church youth group used to do that, and it was one of my favorite experiences. Sounds like a great (though tiring for sure) day!
natesmountain
Nov. 18th, 2011 10:22 am (UTC)
I'm glad your church group did something like that. If we didn't have groups like that keeping people's minds open, we'd be so insular.
Yeah, our school is into culture! When they appoint a cultural captain each year, it's a tough job to explain she's in charge of culture as in poetry, art, drama etc, not multiculture!!!
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