Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Pa-rua Bay + Whangarei Heads Trip
At Manaia Kindergarten we have been learning about the history and cultural significance of our area. To deepen our knowledge and understandings we visited Motukiore Island - A Maori pa site just off Manganese Point. We have recently discovered that Parua Bay was given its name because it is the Bay of two (rua) Pa. The children and families climbed to the top of this site - which once was a fortified Maori village, fascinating as the terraces and ditches are clearly visible. From this vantage point we could view Whangarei Heads and Harbour - the children were very impressed at seeing Maunga Manaia - Mount Manaia. We then traveled to McGregors Bay in Taiharuru to explore the wonderful natural environment at our doorstep. Together we found all sorts of treasures and sea creatures hiding in the rock pools, delighting in our discoveries. A wonderful outing was had by all. Thank you to all the families for supporting us and joining us on our learning journey.