Today we had 3 members of staff visit Tuahiwi Marae, home of Ngāi Tūāhuriri, to learn, experience and understand the beginnings of Ngā Tahu here in Christchurch.
The day began with a Powhiri, welcoming us on to the Marae. Mr Sutherland was our Kaikorero, speaking during the welcome on behalf of the group. The group included members from other schools as well as Health organisations.
It was interesting to learn about the tikanga of Tuahiwi. They have different values and tikanga to other maraes. For example, their tikanga is to keep their shoes on when in the marae. They also do not have the traditional carvings you might see in a marae. They have a blank wooden space for future leaders to add carvings if they wish to.
We learnt a lot about the history of Ngā Tahu, looking at its ancestors such as Tūrākautahi and Moki and their jounrey to settlement on the lands of Kaipoi and Banks Peninsula (Cantebury).
We all came away with lots of information, including learning some new waiata, and we look forward to passing on this knowledge to our fellow kaiako and to our tamariki.