In May 2021, Matua Kura Moeahu gifted the pātere Waewae Taku Haere to Te Haeata Awatea, kapa haka combining our ākonga with those of Te Kāreti Kōtiro o Te Whanganui-a-Tara. They performed it at Te Whakataetae Kapa Haka ā-Rohe mō ngā Kura Tuarua/ Regional Secondary Schools’ Kapa Haka Competition in July 2021. The waiata was offered to Te Kāreti Tamatāne o Te Whanganui-a-Tara at that time.
Since then, our wider kura are learning Waewae Taku Haere, with our students teaching it to our kaiako. Our learning from this mōteatea is a great connector for our kura to mana whenua and the significant and historical landmarks of this area. We thank Matua Kura and Whāene Alisha Moeahu for this taonga, and we will preserve its mana for generations to come.
Read: A Gift of Knowledge
by Ellie Franco Williams, courtesy of Capital Magazine, to learn more about Waewae Taku Haere.
Waewae Taku Haere
Nā Kura Moeahu rāua ko Ngataihururu Taepa
Ka eke ki te Ranga-a-Hiwi, ki ngā hau māwake
Hītaratara taku kiri i te hau tonga nā Ngaki
Ka tū ai au i te pou whakarae o Te Aketārewa
Manini atu ki Waipapa, hōkio iho ki te Akautangi
Rukuruku au kia wawe taku tai ki Te Awa-a-Taia
Hū, hū, Hue-te-para, hū, hū, Hue-te-taka
Ka tau iho ki te papa Omāroro
Takahuri taku aro ki Te
Rere atu, rere mai ki Matairangi
He manu muramura mōtoi kura
Kōtiutiu ki raro rā ki Waihīrere
Tū ngaru-nunui, tū ngaru-roroa ki tua o Te Aro
Tīehuehu aku waewae ki uta o Waitangi
Tiritiria te māra kai i Hauwai
Ka huri ki Kaipapa
Tū ihi wiwini, tū ihi wawana o te Kāwana Tianara
Pakēpakē ana te whatitiri ki runga o Huriwhenua
I mauhere ai ōku tūpuna i Pukeahu
Mō te tū rangatira o te muru raupatu i Taranaki
Ka hoki nei au ki taku tuatahitanga
Ki te Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa
Ki Te Ranga ā-Hiwi, ki Te Haeata
Ka noninonitia ki runga i te muka tū-tara-ā-whare
O taku whare kōrero
Te Pepeha o Te Kāreti Tamatāne o Te Whanganui-a-Tara
Ko Te Ranga-ā-Hiwi te maunga
Ko Te Aketārewa te pā i tū ai ki reira
Ko Kaipapa, ko Hauwai ngā pae whenua
Ko Waitangi te awa
Ko Te Kāreti Tamatāne o Te Whanganui-a-Tara te kura
Tiaho te ao, tiaho te ao mārama
Te Haeata Awatea – Kapa Haka
Te Haeata Awatea is the combined Wellington College and Wellington Girls’ College Kapa Haka. Kapa Haka is a vehicle through which our students are able to connect with and learn te reo Māori me ōna tikanga. It allows our students to develop skills in managing their time. They build long-lasting relationships and learn to work together. They learn to focus and to work hard. Kapa haka has proven to lift educational achievement because it allows our students to achieve success as rangatahi Māori.
Our staff, managers, tutors, whānau, and students work together to foster an environment that is safe and loving but productive with plenty of encouragement and a high expectation for hard work and success. Everything that happens in our space both on and off the floor must align with the values of our respective schools: oranga, manaakitanga, whakarangatira, rangatiratanga, manawaroa, ngākau pono, ako, whānau.
The work programme includes a two-year campaign towards our regional and/or nationals. It also includes a performance at ahurei, prizegivings, and any other kaupapa for our respective schools.
If you would like to be involved or join Te Haeata Awatea, contact TIC Kapa Haka, Whaea Katie Thompson, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ngā Manu Kōrero
Ngā Manu Kōrero is regarded as the most significant event on the Māori education calendar for nurturing the oratory skills and providing the stage for young people to express their views and to lay down their challenges to an admiring and critical audience of peers, parents, whānau and judges.
The speech contests are intended to encourage the development of skills and confidence of Māori students in spoken English and te reo Māori. All secondary schools are invited to participate in this wonderful event, noting that the Māori section is open to all students as part of a strategy to support everyone to learn and to speak in te reo Māori. Participants are selected by kaiako Māori and we encourage those who are interested to contact Whaea Katie Thompson at email@example.com
Kī-o-Rahi is a traditional Māori game based on the purākau of Rahitutakahina and the rescue of his wife Tiarakurapakewai, played with a small round ball called a kī. Two teams of eight players, kaioma and taniwha, play on a circular field divided into zones, and score points by touching the pou (boundary markers) and hitting a central tupu, or target. The game is played for 4 quarters, generally 6 minutes long, and teams alternate roles of kīoma and taniwha each quarter. You can see a video of Kī-o-Rahi being played here.
If you would like to play Kī-o-Rahi, contact Dave Keat at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Māori culture is deeply embedded into waka ama from the language to the protocols we follow.” – Lara Collins, CEO Waka Ama NZ
Waka ama is steeped in the powerful history and traditions of waka sailing and voyaging throughout the Pacific. Waka ama is, therefore not just a sport but also a vehicle for identity, pride, and community. These are reflected in the values and tikanga (practices and protocols, the way we do things) that underpin it.
Waka ama is open for all novice and experienced paddlers Years 9 – 13. Each paddler is given the opportunity to develop skills to confidently participate at the Regional Secondary School Waka Ama.
If you would like to join our waka ama team, contact Dave Keat at email@example.com