Grant a boost to Coast school’s plans

Poi in action. New Zealand Herald file picture

A TOLAGA Bay school has had a $10,000 financial boost from CORE Maori education grants, enabling it to host a week of summer activities at the end of the year.

Principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Mangatuna Tania Hunter said she was surprised and thrilled to receive the grant.

“This means we can plan something, in this case a festival of celebration, and it will actually happen rather than being on our ever-growing wish-list.”

“Small kura like ours are often hindered by our financial ability to deliver optimal learning opportunities, and as a consequence we have a robust annual fundraising calendar to which our learning whanau commit wholeheartedly.”

The funding is to enhance Maori distinctiveness, illuminate creative potential and support educational pathways.

When Mrs Hunter applied for the grant online, she had to outline what she imagined the festival of celebration would encompass.

Each term the school has focused on one aspect of the theme of celebration.

In term one they looked at kapa haka and specifically the poi, which was timely as Kahungunu hosted Te Matatini Festival, the biggest kapa haka festival in the world.

“This was also the keynote topic for three of our staff who travelled to Toronto in July and delivered a 45-minute presentation “Poi in Pursuit of Education’’ for the World Indigenous Peoples Confererence in Education, or WIPCE.

“The primary objective of our presentation was to discuss the role and impact of indigenous education at our school and the revitalisation of tikanga Maori (Maori customs) in order to create a localised curriculum,” she said.

In term two they celebrated Matariki and hosted Matariki mohiohio, inviting local kura to share an organised day of learning around matariki, including a T-shirt competition, poem writing, cooking, paintball, driftwood art, manu aute construction, weaving, face painting and more.

“Fortunately, the day was financially assisted by Te Puni Kokiri, making it easier for us as a kura to host a successful day.”

This term they are celebrating nga mahi a rehia, or Maori pastimes.

“Learning is around games and pastimes used by our tipuna, including whai, koruru, mutorere, poi, weaving, ta moko, rakau in tititorea, tirakau, mau rakau and others.”

“In term 4 we look to celebrate indigenous dance by looking at other indigenous iwi and comparing and contrasting them to us as Maori.”

The application for this funding was put together as a student-led initiative, meaning senior children will plan, organise and implement a week of learning in term four. This will feature the best learning experiences from each of the four terms in 2017.

The funding will be used for TKKM o Mangotuna to host a week of summer activities, which will include:

  • navigation
  • waka ama
  • kayaking
  • poi making
  • movie making
  • hangi
  • eeling
  • sleeping under the stars
  • confidence stayover
  • poi toa competition
  • digital orienteering
  • manu aute workshop
  • panipani making and
  • kawakawa rongoa.

“We were all very excited when we received word that our kura had been chosen to receive a grant for our continued commitment to improving pathways for Maori children," Mrs Hunter said.

“Needless to say, we wait in anticipation for term four and our festival of celebration.”

A TOLAGA Bay school has had a $10,000 financial boost from CORE Maori education grants, enabling it to host a week of summer activities at the end of the year.

Principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Mangatuna Tania Hunter said she was surprised and thrilled to receive the grant.

“This means we can plan something, in this case a festival of celebration, and it will actually happen rather than being on our ever-growing wish-list.”

“Small kura like ours are often hindered by our financial ability to deliver optimal learning opportunities, and as a consequence we have a robust annual fundraising calendar to which our learning whanau commit wholeheartedly.”

The funding is to enhance Maori distinctiveness, illuminate creative potential and support educational pathways.

When Mrs Hunter applied for the grant online, she had to outline what she imagined the festival of celebration would encompass.

Each term the school has focused on one aspect of the theme of celebration.

In term one they looked at kapa haka and specifically the poi, which was timely as Kahungunu hosted Te Matatini Festival, the biggest kapa haka festival in the world.

“This was also the keynote topic for three of our staff who travelled to Toronto in July and delivered a 45-minute presentation “Poi in Pursuit of Education’’ for the World Indigenous Peoples Confererence in Education, or WIPCE.

“The primary objective of our presentation was to discuss the role and impact of indigenous education at our school and the revitalisation of tikanga Maori (Maori customs) in order to create a localised curriculum,” she said.

In term two they celebrated Matariki and hosted Matariki mohiohio, inviting local kura to share an organised day of learning around matariki, including a T-shirt competition, poem writing, cooking, paintball, driftwood art, manu aute construction, weaving, face painting and more.

“Fortunately, the day was financially assisted by Te Puni Kokiri, making it easier for us as a kura to host a successful day.”

This term they are celebrating nga mahi a rehia, or Maori pastimes.

“Learning is around games and pastimes used by our tipuna, including whai, koruru, mutorere, poi, weaving, ta moko, rakau in tititorea, tirakau, mau rakau and others.”

“In term 4 we look to celebrate indigenous dance by looking at other indigenous iwi and comparing and contrasting them to us as Maori.”

The application for this funding was put together as a student-led initiative, meaning senior children will plan, organise and implement a week of learning in term four. This will feature the best learning experiences from each of the four terms in 2017.

The funding will be used for TKKM o Mangotuna to host a week of summer activities, which will include:

  • navigation
  • waka ama
  • kayaking
  • poi making
  • movie making
  • hangi
  • eeling
  • sleeping under the stars
  • confidence stayover
  • poi toa competition
  • digital orienteering
  • manu aute workshop
  • panipani making and
  • kawakawa rongoa.

“We were all very excited when we received word that our kura had been chosen to receive a grant for our continued commitment to improving pathways for Maori children," Mrs Hunter said.

“Needless to say, we wait in anticipation for term four and our festival of celebration.”

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