03 Jul Te Reo Māori Trip to Rotorua
On Friday 28th June Year 11 & 13 Te Reo Māori classes travelled to Rotorua. Their objective was to complete their Kōrero assessment and gather some information for their Waihanga Tuhinga Assessment.
We stayed at Whaea Shanna’s Marae, Te Pakira, which is in Whakarewarewa, the living Māori village. We were taken around by Matetu Mihinui, Whaea’s cousin. He told us about the history of the Te Arawa people and what it was like to grow up in the village. It is surrounded, geysers (ngawha) water springs, (puna wai) and natural features, such as mountains and rivers.
After the stress of the assessment we took a cruise with Totally Tarawera and learnt more about the eruption of 1886. What ever stress we had melted away at Waikite Valley Thermal Hot Pools.
Thank you so much to Mr Dymond and Miss de Roo, who accompanied us on the trip. It was an experience we won’t forget in a hurry.