04 Aug Hui Taurima 2017

During the last week of Term Two, Year Nine and selected senior students were involved in our inaugural Nayland College Hui Taurima.

The first day involved a pōwhiri at Whakatū marae followed by a hīkoi/walk to the Centre of New Zealand. Our students were a credit to the school with 200 students and staff participating in the pōwhiri through supporting our speakers by singing waiata, and listening attentively to the Kaumatua and Kuia. Our students heard the stories and legends behind the different whakairo/carvings from Master Carver Mark Davis, and heard the stories of the Tukutuku panels from one of the kuia.

After a delicious kai prepared by our hospitality students, the Year Nines walked up to the Centre of New Zealand in groups, and learnt the history, stories and legends along the way. The staff and senior students did a fabulous job of leading and sharing stories while enjoying the panoramic views of Nelson.

For the following two days students started the day with presentations in the hall where they learnt about the stars of Matariki, Pacific Voyaging, the flight of the Kuaka, and Traditional Maori music. We were fortunate to have Keanu Townsend share his expertise in Waka Hourua and Taonga Puoro, and Ihaka Griffin Matthews who shared his expertise in Kapa Haka and Mau Rākau.

For the remainder of the two days students were involved in activities of their choice. It was an absolute pleasure to see passionate teachers running a wide variety of meaningful activities across the curriculum and seeing our students so engaged in their learning.

Please view the video above to see some of the many highlights of our Hui Taurima. The soundtrack was composed and performed by the Taonga Puoro group.

By Jane Townsend – Deputy Principal