Monday, December 6, 2010

Thanksgiving Celebrations 2010

Have a look at Manaia Kindergarten's Thanksgiving experience movie. We were extremely privileged to have Jack and his family - Dad Paul and especially Mum Lynda teach us about the meaning behind Thanksgiving, and to prepare for us a traditional Thanksgiving feast. What a special event that allowed us to learn about a day celebrated by some of our friends and their families, in a real and meaningful way. It is great for us to gain some understanding and insight into cultural events that are important to others from different countries and why.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Whanau Day and Hangi

A fantastic day was had by all who attended our Whanau Day on Saturday 13th November. Whanau is the maori word for family and it was great to have families working together with their tamariki on the Friday, preparing for our Hangi on Saturday.
Whanau day began with speeches from Local tangatawhenua and Beverly. Wonderful workshops were offered in Harakeke (flax weaving), Titi torea (Maori stick games), Poi, Paki Waitara (Maori story telling), and Mau rakau (traditional Maori movement skills). Then it was time to celebrate by sharing the hangi together.