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Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae

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This year the Social Studies and Māori Departments decided to work together on a trip for our Year 8 learners. All Year 8 classes visited Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae in Silverdale over the course of Week 1, Term 3.

When they arrived, they were welcomed onto the Marae through the powhiri process by our senior learners who take Māori as a subject. Year 8 learners ate some kai in the Marae’s wharekai as the final step of the powhiri and were then split into two groups. These two groups learned about the Marae and some New Zealand history from our senior learners, who also performed a waiata (song) and haka. To finish the day, the two groups competed against each other to perform the best haka. Learners had a great time learning from the senior Whangaparaoa College learners, and getting to know more about our local marae. This was a great example of the tuakana/teina relationships we continue to foster here at Whangaparaoa College, where junior learners are supported and guided by our seniors. A big thank you to our senior learners, who did an amazing job at running each day and teaching our juniors!

Aleisha Hazlewood
HOD Junior Social Studies
Social Studies | History | Sociology
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